Vlad Duric Lands A Third Singapore Title

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Ex-patriate Australian Vlad Duric has won a third-straight Singapore jockeys’ premiership while also enjoying his most successful year.

The Singapore season wound up on Sunday with Duric landing four winners, giving him 88 victories for the year, bettering his previous best of 83 in 2017.

He finished with 73 winners last season.

“It’s been a wonderful year,” Duric told the Singapore Turf Club.

“I surpassed my previous best and I’m really pleased about that, but I wouldn’t have done that without all the support.

“My wife and my kids have been wonderful to me and I’m also very lucky that I get a wide range of support from all the trainers and owners.

“It’s been a really good year and I am extremely grateful and appreciative of all the opportunities that I get.”

Duric led home a strong ex-pat Australian team of jockeys riding in Singapore.

Michael Rodd finished third with 64 winners ahead of John Powell (40) while Ben Thompson (29), Daniel Moor (24) and Glen Boss (18) finished in the top 10.

Thompson has decided to return to Melbourne and has already picked up a ride at Sandown on Wednesday while Boss returned to Australia mid-year, setting up base in Sydney.

Since his return to Australia, Boss has won The Everest on Yes Yes Yes and the Epsom Handicap and Golden Eagle on Kolding.

New Zealand’s Mark Walker won his third Singapore trainers’ premiership with 73 winners, following victories in 2015 and 2017, while ex-pat Australians to finish in the top 10 were Daniel Meagher (3rd – 52), Cliff Brown (4th – 49), Shane Baertschiger (5th – 49), Lee Freedman (6th – 42) and Steven Burridge (10th – 30).

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