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Three-way finish in top apprentice quest

Noh Senari. TNP PHOTO: LATASHNI GOBI NATHAN
Zuriman Zulkifli. TNP PHOTO: NURJANNAH ZULKIFLI

The jockey's premiership is done and dusted for Manoel Nunes, his next milestone being his 100th winner for the season, and Laurie Laxon looks well on course for another trainer's premiership recently, celebrating his 1,100th Kranji winner.

However, there is plenty of interest in the apprentice's title which looks a three-way battle among Noh Senari, A'Isisuhaiiri "Harry" Kasim, and Zuriman Zulkifli. All three lads ride very well and, despite their diminishing allowance claims, are still popular with trainers.

While Tadgh O'Shea has struggled to find a winner, Nooresh Juglall has proved that getting on the board early helps and has been getting plenty of good rides, particularly from those trainers formerly of the African continent.

With Malaysian racing struggling, the 2011 champion jockey Jackson Low has decided to base himself in Singapore and has taken no time showing his skills with four winners from just eight rides, two of those being for long-time supporter Arexevan Racing. A strong, natural lightweight he is bound to be in demand, particularly with one of the proven senior lightweights, Barend Vorster recovering from injury.

John Powell is another rider having an outstanding season, striking at more than 20 per cent. Weight limits his opportunities but he recently celebrated his 200th win at Kranji and is a renowned "money rider", particularly when on a Baertschiger conveyance.

Among the trainers, Cliff Brown continues to have a good year, maintaining his outstanding record with horses over the 1,400m journey, such that he has become the "go-to" man in these events for many punters.

With those races often being the last race on the programme, he has also become the "get-out" man.