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Singapore-bound Jackson Low flies home on Californian Jet

Former Malaysian champion jockey Jackson Low's decision to relocate to Singapore paid dividends, when he notched his maiden Kranji winner with CALIFORNIAN JET in the $60,000 Sha Tin Stakes on Sunday.

The Australian-bred galloper was timed to perfection by Low to take the Class 4 race over 1,600m by half a length from Smart Vintage (A'Isisuhairi Kasim), with Bungae (John Powell) third, a shorthead away.

The winning time on the short course was 1min 35.93sec.

Low, who was indentured to eight-time champion trainer Laurie Laxon for three months during his rookie years, will move permanently to Singapore at the end of the month and will ride mainly for Singaporean trainer Alwin Tan.

The Selangor-based (above) hoop, who won the Malaysian apprentice title in 2006 and added the senior crown in 2011, was thrilled with his first victory at the Singapore Turf Club, which was also on his sole ride last weekend.

He thanked Arexevan Californian Jet Stable and trainer Cliff Brown for giving him the opportunity.

He said: "I'm very happy to get the win. I'm moving here at the end of this month and I know it's going to be tough and that everything starts from the beginning once I ride here, but I'm going to work hard and, hopefully, get the support from the other trainers and owners."

A winner of over 300 races, including multiple Group 1 triumphs, during his 10-year career, Low brings with him a wealth of experience. He displayed his riding skills in what was ultimately a happy reunion with Californian Jet.

Well adrift of the pace after a slow jump from gate four, Low never hit the panic button and allowed his mount to settle close to the rear of the 12-horse field.

With pacesetter Smart Vintage in a seemingly commanding position at the top of the straight and A'Isisuhairi trying his best to land his 100th Kranji winner, Low was on hand to ruin the script for his compatriot as he swung Californian Jet ($36) from the outside. He then slammed the accelerator as the duo flew home in sensational fashion.

"I've won twice aboard him from seven starts and I know him very well," said Low, 30, who last partnered the son of California Dane in a Class 3 race over 1,700m at Kuala Lumpur on April 6 last year, before the horse moved to Brown's yard from Richard Lines'.

Following that transfer, Californian Jet has had 19 starts without success but the presence of Low on the six-year-old gelding has sparked a return to the winner's circle.

After picking up RM$174,532 ($70,000) in Malaysia, where he won four times, Californian Jet's Singapore record reads one win and six placings from 20 starts, with prize money of about $95,000.