They say good things come in pairs and this is certainly
true for apprentice Mohamed Ekdihar.
After struggling to land a win in 58 rides since making
his debut last year, the Kelantan lad broke the ice when he piloted ME NO
MARSH MELLOW to win a Class 4 - 1100m sprint at Sungei Besi here this
Two races later, he celebrated the breakthrough with
another win on TRINIITY GENERAL in another Class 4 - 1100m handicap.
Unplaced in one run in Australia, ME NO MARSH MELLOW won
his Malaysia debut in November 2019 and after finding one to beat in three
of his next four starts, he was sent down to Singapore to continue racing.
But after three dismal runs at Kranji, he was back in
Malaysia and was placed twice in 10 runs before being transferred to trainer
V. Sivan. Today's outing was his second under the trainer.
TRINITY GENERAL struck form with a hattrick of wins in
2020 but has not won again since although he was placed four times in his
last 10 outings.
Ekdihar partnered the Australian gelding for the first
time in his last start when the pair finished a smack-up fifth to HOWL here
two weeks ago.
This time, Ekdihar managed to bring TRINITY GENERAL from
midfield to win drawing away by four lengths.
"I am thankful to trainer V Sivan for providing me with
my first winner," said Ekdihar who rode horses as a young boy in his native
Kelantan. "I also want to thank my master (trainer) Lim Shung You and the
owners for having the faith in me."
Lim recalled Ekdihar coming over from Kelantan to seek
employment with him. "He was very hardworking and seeing the potential in
the boy, I enrolled him in the Selangor Turf Club Apprentice Training
"It has taken him quite a while to find his feet. Today's
double was a result of him gaining more and more experience in races. I am
happy for him."