The list of jockeys and apprentice jockeys who have been granted licences by the Singapore Turf Club for the remaining 2019 racing season are as follows:
1 1 July to 31 December 2019 (both dates inclusive) (six months)
a Marc Lerner
b Vlad Duric
c Joseph Azzopardi
d Alysha Collett
e Louis-Philippe Beuzelin
a Noh Senari
b Andrew John Sundradas
c Saifudin Ismail
d Chin Chee Seng
e Ronald Benedict Woodworth
Upgraded from apprentice jockeys to jockeys
a Wong Chin Chuen
Apprentice jockeys Master trainer
a Syahir Abdul Tan Kah Soon
b Krisna Kumar Thangamani Ricardo Le Grange
In summary, a total of 13 licences were issued, broken down as follows: Five expatriate jockey licences, six local jockey licences, including one newly-upgraded from apprentice jockey licence and two apprentice jockey licences.
Of the five expatriate jockeys, two new licences will be granted, New Zealand jockey Alysha Collett, who cut short her previous licence through injury last October - and a new face, French jockey Louis-Philippe Beuzelin.
Collett, 25, will be at her second Singapore visit. Last year, she was licensed for six months but had to leave earlier after she hurt her back in a race fall on October 14. She returned to her native New Zealand to recover, ending her Kranji stint in 15th position on the log with a haul of 11 winners from 181 rides.
Collett was born to become a jockey. Her parents Richard and Judy are ex-jockeys and now run a training stable, her brother Jason is a successful jockey in Sydney and her cousin Samantha is last year’s New Zealand champion jockey.
After a successful apprenticeship, Collett has continued to make her mark as a senior rider, bringing up a haul in excess of 370 winners. Her career highlights include the 2016 Group 1 Zabeel Classic aboard Consensus, four Group 2 races, namely the Manawatu Challenge Stakes, Great Northern Guineas, Championship Stakes and Coupland’s Bakeries Mile and 14 Group 3 and Listed races.
Collett also rode briefly in Australia in 2012, teaming up with Sydney champion trainer Chris Waller, riding 15 metropolitan winners in Sydney. In her first full season upon returning to New Zealand, she finished runner-up on the national jockeys' premiership.
Last season, even though she left New Zealand in May, she still finished in fourth place on 88 winners, 44 behind cousin Samantha. In the 2016/2017 season, she finished runner-up with 97 wins. Collett goes to scale at 50kgs.
Born in Brest in France but raised in Guadalupe and Barbados in the Caribbean, Beuzelin honed his craft as a jockey at the Barbados track of Garrison Savannah, where his father Jean-Louis used to own and train horses.
He rode winners in Barbados, Martinique and Trinidad before he was in 2008 lured to Newmarket in England by legendary trainer Sir Michael Stoute, himself a Barbadian. He had current champion jockeys Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore and former top jockeys Kieren Fallon and Joe Cochrane as his mentors.
After a fairytale start at his very first ride on a Stoute filly named Spy Eye at Newmarket, Beuzelin, went on to finish third behind David Probert and Freddie Tylicki on the British apprentice jockeys’ premiership, bagging 25 winners, one year later.
The rising star, however, suffered a major setback in November that year when he was seriously injured in a car accident while on holiday in Barbados.
He returned to race-riding four months later. Even if the momentum had slowed down, he still landed his biggest win aboard Aaim To Prosper for Brian Meehan in the Cesarewitch Handicap in 2010.
During the winter, Beuzelin would sometimes cross the Atlantic to ride in the US, linking up with French trainer Patrick Biancone, among others, but with winners dwindling (he rode a total of 75 winners in UK), he decided in 2014 to relocate to France where he has been based since.
Other than France, England, the US and the Caribbean islands, Beuzelin is a well-travelled jockey who has also ridden in India (where he claimed the Group 1 Bangalore Derby with Agostini in 2014 and more recently the Group 3 Godolphin Barb Million with Fashion High at Hyderabad in 2017), Qatar, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Morocco.
All up, Beuzelin, who goes to scale at 52kgs, has ridden around 250 winners.