Tan Praises Leading Trainers

31
May

Malaysian-born Randy Tan will make the transition from apprentice to senior jockey after the Northam meeting on Thursday.

The 25-year-old still has a 1.5kg claim in metropolitan races, but elected not to apply for an extension.

Tan rode track work for leading trainer Lindsey Smith before being granted his Australian residency in 2014.

He commenced his apprenticeship under former top hoop, Stephen Miller and rode his first winner at Bunbury.

Since making his riding debut almost three years ago, Tan has booted home 173 winners from more than 2000 rides.

His biggest scalps included dual Listed wins in the Beaufine Stakes (1000m) and Idyllic Prince Stakes (1300m) on It’s It.

Tan said he was excited and looking forward to the next phase of his riding career.

“It’s exciting to come out of my apprenticeship,” said Tan.

“It’s going to be hard and competitive against William Pike, Paul Harvey and all the other good jockeys.

“I just have to keep working hard and wait for the right opportunities.”

Tan said the support and guidance he received from leading stables, including Smith and Miller had been pivotal in his development.

“Lindsey sponsored me for my visa and without him I wouldn’t have been able to start my apprenticeship,” Tan said.

“SJ (Miller) helped me along the way as well, teaching me how to ride, being my master and taking care of me.

“Sharon Miller helped me out as well and Fred Kersley also gave me opportunities when I was claiming.”

Racing and Wagering Western Australia Riding Master, John Claite, said Tan has the skill to become an accomplished senior jockey.

“He is a great kid who gives one hundred per cent and has come a long way,” Claite said.

“I think he has been underrated as a rider.

“He will be a great addition to the senior riding ranks.”

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au