race horse competitive advantage thoroughbred pet health and welfare educational for animal
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Racehorses need to win races otherwise they are of no use to their
owners. To win races, a top jockey must partner with a top horse.
Still there needs to be that element of luck as can be seen in a highly
competitive race won by Mr Saimee (see article below). In horse racing,
being second is not good enough and only winning jockeys get recognition
and more opportunities to ride top quality race horses.
In the 1982 - 1990 period, some horses
would be given an intravenous multi-vitamin dextrose saline drip 24 hours
before racing to give them a competitive advantage during races.
Sometimes they get a drip after the races to enable them to recover
faster. Some horses received
Vitamin ADE injections via the neck or back muscles and Vitamin B pick up
Anabolic steroids to build them up 2 weeks before racing
were permitted and though scientific articles in the past said that there
would be no competitive advantage in using steroids, I believe it
did give the horse the competitive advantage in a competitive
The equine superstars, all housed in air conditioned stables, would
compete in the Singapore Gold Cup, the richest race with prize money as
much as S$500,000. The horses themselves were built up with multi vitamins
and anabolic steroid. Some were feeling the tension as they entered
the starting stalls and some of them broke out before the starter could
release the gates.
Around 2001, anabolic steroids are banned in the Singapore Turf
Club horse racing. Racehorses have to win races or they get
"deleted". There are several factors that enable the
racehorse to win races but the most important will be the horse quality,
the jockey's skill, the trainer's skills and management. The training to
build up a horse just fit for that race, just like a flower about to
blossom is an expertise possessed only by a good trainer. Luck plays a
part in a highly competitive field.
jockeys seldom get the opportunity or chance to ride good horses for the
past decades. They need to win races to be noticed by the iwners and
trainers and then be given the opportunities to excel. See article below.
EXCELLENCE FOR SINGAPORE AWARD 2000
GIVEN BY THE SINGAPORE TOTALISATOR BOARD.
Mr Saimee Bin Jumaat is undoubtedly the best jockey ever produced by Singapore. In the 9 short years since he started riding in 1990, Mr Saimee has achieved almost everything that could be achieved as a jockey in the Singapore/Malaysia circuit.
In 1998, Mr Saimee broke a 29-year-old record when he rode 111 winners that year in the Singapore/Malaysia circuit, surpassing the previous record of 90 winners set by an Australian, Glynn Pretty, in 1969. This feat garnered him the Straits Times/Coca Cola Sportsman of the Month Award for October 1998. In 1999, besides being crowned Champion Jockey for the third time, he
also won six major feature races in Singapore and Malaysia.
Mr Saimee's crowning achievement came on 4 March 2000 when, under the eyes of more than 1 billion television viewers worldwide, he beat some of the best jockeys in the world in the Singapore Airlines International Cup, riding OUZO. He won praises from world-renowned jockeys like Michael Kinane, Pat Eddery and Frankie Dettori as being on par with the best jockeys in the
Mr Saimee was invited to ride in Hong Kong (where only world-class jockeys are invited to ride) by the Hong Kong Jockey Club from mid May 2000 to mid June 2000. Mr Saimee has also been invited to participate in the Shergar Cup at the Ascot Racecourse, England, in August 2000. The Shergar Cup is a
series of 6 races which pit top horses owned by European connections ridden by top European jockeys against top horses owned by non-European connections ridden by top jockeys from outside Europe (Rest of the World). He will be joining the Rest of the World Jockey Team, which comprises Frankie Dettori from Dubai, Damien Oliver from Australia, Basil Marcus from Hong
Kong, Ebina from Japan and either Jerry Bailey or Hall of Fame Jockey Laffitte Pincay Jr from USA. These jockeys are currently the best in the world and for
Mr Saimee to be selected to join this team is indeed a rare privilege and honour for a Singaporean.
For his outstanding achievements as a jockey, which have earned him a place among the best jockeys in the world, and for making Singapore's presence felt in the highly competitive world of horse racing, Mr Saimee Bin Jumaat is conferred the Excellence for Singapore Award 2000.
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