Selim Ipek is originally from the beautiful region of Trabzon, located on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. Now 31, he rode his first few winners in 2008 and the following year announced himself on the Turkish racing scene with 46 victories from 625 mounts.

As an accomplished apprentice he drew the attention of Selangor trainer Simon Dunderdale, who was at that time based in Turkey. Selim’s career continued to blossom and he rode 45 winners in 2012, but lost his 3kg apprentice claim shortly afterwards. Although he continued to win and place at a consistent rate, a reduction in his opportunities led him to explore a new direction and with the encouragement of Simon Dunderdale he chose to make the big leap to Malaysia. Horse racing in Turkey is strong and the stake money is high, so few Turkish riders have chosen to move overseas.

Senior Stipendiary Steward Marcus Weedon explained “Selim came with good recommendations and 210 career winners, but we made him no promises. However, he looked stylish and effective in trials and presents as a modest and dedicated young man. We were keen to give him the chance.”

He has 5 riding engagements over the weekend and Selangor Turf Club wishes him all the best.