Hardride for Shinde’s Debut

A week later than planned, Indian jockey Rahul Shinde is scheduled to make his Korean debut at Busan Race Park on Friday. After missing his one riding engagement last Sunday, with illness the reason given to punters, Shinde is booked to partner last year’s Busan Metropolitan winner Hardride in Friday’s feature race.

Shinde joins the jockey ranks at Busan on an initial contract until the end of August. Like all overseas jockeys, he’ll be a free agent. In India, Shinde has been Champion Jockey at the Hyderabad meet five times and earlier in his career also won three titles in Sri Lanka.

His greatest successes came before 2005 when the previously closed Hyderabad relaxed its rules over none-local jockeys competing. Shinde’s most recent figures for the recently concluded 2008/2009 winter meet were just one win from over ninety rides with nine second and ten third placed finishes.

Meanwhile, Stephan Swanepoel has been telling the KRA’s blog about his time in Korea so far – it’s not been easy but he’s giving it a go, seems to be the gist. The South African jockey mentions being impressed by the infrastructure, if less so by the racing. Click here for the link (in Korean) with photos.

Thanks to Shyam from the “Horses and Races” Indian racing site

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