The Singapore Turf Club has granted a jockey's licence to A'Isisuhairi (Harry) Kasim. The licence will run from Jan 1 through to Dec 31 2016.
Licensed by the Malayan Racing Association as an apprentice jockey since November 2012, A'Isisuhairi (above)had decided to apply for an upgrade to a Club Licensed Jockey Licence for the 2016 season.
His master, trainer Steven Burridge, had no objection to the application.
A two-time Singapore champion apprentice jockey - he won the titles in 2013 and 2014 - and runner-up in 2015, A'Isisuhairi has ridden in excess of 150 winners at Kranji.
Two of those were at Group 2 level. He claimed the 2013 EW Barker Trophy on Trudeau and the 2014 Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Wild Geese.
A'Isisuhairi - who is also known as Harry Kasim - outrode his claim aboard his 151st winner Ninetyseven Gold on Nov 6.
While A'Isisuhairi, 30, has not completed five years of his apprenticeship, a jockey licence can be granted to him under MRA Rule 55 (2), which states:
"In exceptional circumstances, at the sole discretion of the Local Committee, an apprentice may be granted a Jockey Licence prior to him completing a five-year apprenticeship."
As the Singapore Stewards were of the view that A'Isisuhairi had demonstrated exceptional skills over the preceding years, they had recommended he be granted a licence under that rule
This article was first published on December 31, 2015.
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