New South African jockey heads for Busan

The KRA has announced the arrival of a new overseas jockey to be based at Busan Race Park. South African Deryl Daniels will make his debut this coming Friday. Daniels is 31 years old and has been riding for 16 years first in South Africa, where he was top apprentice in 1997, and then stints in Singapore, Macau, Dubai, Kuwait and Mauritius. He has 560 career wins and his record over the last three years is 826 rides with 54 winners.

Daniels replaces Australian Danny Craven who completed his contract early this month after spending 10 months riding first at Seoul before making a short extension to his contract in Busan. Craven finished up with figures of 151 rides with 10 wins.

Daniels becomes the second South African jockey to debut this year although Chris Taylor’s Korean career has come to a premature end with his decision to end his contract after less than two months. Taylor debuted at Seoul Race Park on July 5 with a win, but that was to be his only success in 17 rides.

Daniels arrives on a six month contract which will take him up to February 2009 and will line up for the first time on unraced two year old Magic Play in race 1 on Friday.

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