Nifty Noel Breaks Singapore Riding Record
Australian Noel Callow has now won more races than any other jockey in a Singapore season with the ever popular rider notching win number 85 at Kranji on Friday night.
Technically Callow had gathered the record (84) in before the races started when Laurie Laxon's Hutton was elevated to first place following the disqualification of Valiant Master on May 25, but to all intents and purposes Top Spin (also trained by Laxon) was the one who allowed Callow to celebrate in style.
At the jump of the $95,000 Kranji Stakes ‘B' (1400m) (Turf) it resembled a dogs dinner when several of the field were either slow away or outpaced including the second favourite ($16) Itmaybeyou (Saimee).
Callow though hadn't missed the start and was able to place Top Spin ($11 Fav) up on the pace on the rails with Sky Bet (K Sara) for company out wide and Music Master (Opie Bosson) in the centre.
At the turn Callow hadn't moved on Top Spin and the four-year-old son of Arena was travelling well within himself.
Itmaybeyou was putting in the big strides down the centre of the track but it was too little too late with Callow throwing everything at Top Spin on the inside to score by a neck from Itmaybeyou with Music Master in third place a further two and a quarter lengths away.
"I'm over the moon to get the record," said Callow.
"I didn't expect to ride this many winners but I have such good support from trainers like Laurie Laxon and Don Baertschiger and from there I guess it has snowballed.
"I was stoked to get back on this horse (Top Spin). I rode him before for a win back in March and I know how good he is.
"First up he was always going to go well, so it's terrific to ride win number 85 on him."
Callow is now a conservative shoe-in to win the premiership with his nearest rivals being Robbie Fradd (52), Barend Vorster (46) and KB Soo (32), all having the all but impossible task of catching him with 22 meetings left.
Jo Adams (SingTC) Media Release Published 28/09/07