Having establishing himself
as a rider for the future, notching up 40 wins in just one year of riding in
Malaysia, it was only logical that apprentice Wong Chin Chuen should further
his career in Singapore.
After a low-key
introduction to racing at Kranji with five unplaced rides in the last few
weeks, Wong was finally able showcase his ability at Kranji here today.
After finishing third in
two earlier rides, the Kedah-born lad was off the mark when he piloted the
aptly-named SECONDWAVE to victory in the Class 5 - 1400m handicap for his
new master David Hill.
It was the maiden win for
the New Zealand six-year-old in 24 outings.
Wong began his career as a
syce and worked his way to become an apprentice. He was indentured to Dr Tan
Swee Hock in Penang.
"I was doing well in
Malaysia but as Dr Tan is retiring, I had to look for another trainer and as
his son Kah Soon works for David Hill, he recommended me to him and here I
am," said Wong.
"Things are a lot different
here. The pace is faster and they race tighter here and nobody gives you an
inch. In the straight, the gaps donít come easy and you have to find your
way out. Itís tough but Iím learning."