The Singapore Turf Club has granted South African jockey Aldo Domeyer a one-day licence to ride at the Kranji Mile meeting on 25 May.
The 32-year-old jockey is booked on Blizzard for trainer Lee Freedman in the Group 1 Kranji Mile and Siam Royal Orchid for trainer Michael Clements in the Group 1 Singapore Guineas.
Domeyer is no stranger to Kranji, having claimed the individual top prize in the inaugural Premier Gateway International Jockeys Challenge last September. Representing Team South Africa, Domeyer, paying a first visit to Singapore, won one race with Safeer, and with points chalked up from other placings, brought up the highest score among the 12 jockeys invited.
The son of former top South African jockey Andrew Fortune has just commenced a riding contract in Hong Kong. Licensed since May until the end of the season, Domeyer has been an instant hit in the former British colony, having already booted home three winners in 25 rides.
Though riding is in his genes, Domeyer did not get off to the best start after he decided to follow into his famous father’s footsteps. He was told he was ‘not good enough’ at his first year at the South African Jockey Academy in 2003, but he went back four years later to prove them wrong, riding 200 winners at his first four years of riding.
Domeyer has gone on to reach a tally close to 950 winners in 11 years of riding, including several Group and Listed winners. The career highlights are his three Grade 1 wins in the J&B Met aboard Martial Eagle in 2013, the Cape Fillies Guineas aboard Silver Mountain in 2015 and the Majorca Stakes aboard Clouds Unfold in January.
Before leaving for Hong Kong, Domeyer was the leading jockey for trainers Mike Bass and Candice Robinson after spending years as the No 1 rider to the Plattner family
Besides South Africa, Singapore and Hong Kong, Domeyer has also ridden in Korea, Macau and Mauritius as an apprentice jockey, winning the Korean event. Last season, Domeyer claimed the Cape champion jockey title and a third place on the national log, which earned him a trip to the PGI Challenge.
Domeyer goes to scale at 56kgs. – www.turfclub.com