Unplaced in four rides in his Singapore debut last
Friday, Perth jockey Joseph Azzopardi did not have to wait long for his
first Kranji win.
His Singapore take-off came courtesy of DRONE who beat
the four-time winner LIM'S KNIGHT by half a length in the Class 4, Div 3 -
1200m handicap on the polytrack.
The Golden Archer gelding was having his second outing
this season after winning twice in eight starts last year.
he could cross, I was very confident, and he worked to the line good," said
Azzopardi of DRONE who drew the outside barrier of 12.
feels much better now that Iíve got that first winner out of the way."
Azzopardi started his apprenticeship in
Western Australia before transferring cross-country to ride in Victoria for
He then completed his apprenticeship with
leading Perth trainer Adam Durrant, for whom he still rides today. After
coming out of his time at the end of 2015, Azzopardi rode mainly for
trainers David Harrison, Daniel and Ben Pearce, clocking in close to 380
winners in eight years of riding.
The career highlights are two Group 3 wins
in the 2017 WA Champion Fillies Stakes aboard ART SERIES and the 2018
Gimcrack Stakes aboard AGENT PIPPA. He also has 12 Listed race wins to his
A third place aboard the
Durrant-trained KIA ORA KOUTOU in the Group 1 Victoria
Derby in 2015 remains a memorable achievement for the 23-year-old.