Nooresh Juglall (above), who is licensed by the Singapore Turf Club for three months from June 1, honed his craft for five years in South Africa.

There, the 22-year-old Mauritian-born rider claimed two National apprentice jockeys' titles - in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

He was the first apprentice to win South Africa's Triple Tiara, partnering champion filly Cherry On The Top last year to a clean sweep of all three legs (the Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, Grade 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic and Grade 2 Wilgersbosdrift SA Oaks).

From his haul of 280 winners, he has scored 10 wins at Group level.

Besides South Africa and Mauritius, he has also ridden in Zimbabwe, Qatar and Macau, the latter two at apprentice jockeys' challenges as South Africa's representative, winning one race in Qatar.

Currently licensed by the Mauritius Turf Club, the lightweight jockey who goes to scale at 49kg, is the first Mauritian jockey licensed to ride in Singapore.

Although he was licensed from June 1, Juglall's debut was delayed by a couple of weeks because of some visa paperwork.