Ben Thompson Granted Singapore Licence

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will join a strong band of Australian riders after being granted a one-year licence in .

Thompson landed his first Group success on a recent visit to Singapore, riding to victory for Australian trainer on November 9.

The 21-year-old applied for a licence shortly after with official word coming through on Monday.

His licence begins on January 1 and runs until December 31.

Thompson said he had not contemplated an international move so early in his career.

“After the meeting on the Sunday I was chatting to (former chief steward) Terry Bailey and he spoke to me about taking a licence in the coming season,” Thompson said.

“He gave me a couple of days to .

“If you had asked me in October to accept what I just have, I would have laughed.”

Thompson said he got support from trainers Cliff Brown, and on his trip and also spoke with jockey .

He says he will now have to get used to racing two days a week rather than five or six days a week he rides now.

“It really hasn't sunk in yet,” he said.

“I suppose it will when I get on the plane later in December to head up there.”

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