Penang-born Cheng Han Yong has always had a love for horses since his school days. His very first encounter with horses was in 2006, at the age of 16, when he became a track rider attached to Cecil Robert.
This was followed by his Apprenticeship with trainer Tan Joo Hock for 3 years, after which he decided to take his next step forward, venturing more into horse racing when he moved to New Zealand in 2009 to work with John Parson who was considered as one of the best trainers in South Island for several years.
When his stint with Parson ended, Cheng went on to work as partnership trainer with Stephen Blair who tutored him with the finer points in horse management and training methods. Eventually, his hard work and perseverance paid off when Cheng managed to obtain a public trainers’ license for the season 2015-2017. During this time he had about 30 horses under his charge and managed to saddle about 20 winners during his nine years stay in New Zealand which he is proud of.
In early 2018, Cheng decided to leave New Zealand and return to his homeland to continue his journey in horse racing. He applied for B trainers’ license and was attached to Penang based trainer, Lim Hoon Seng, for some time before deciding to work with trainer Tan Soo Beng from Selangor.
It was indeed a fulfilling and joyous moment for Cheng when the Malayan Racing Association elevated his status recently with an A license. Cheng added that, the support from his family helped him to pursue his career as a trainer.
Currently, Cheng has 36 horses under his charge. Cheng thanked the Chairman and Committee Members of Selangor Turf Club for giving him the opportunity to set up his stables at Selangor Turf Club.
The interest in horse racing began in 1980 for first season trainer AB Abdullah when he became a horse owner but was not to his expectations.
To have a better understanding of horse racing, Abdullah left for Perth, Australia where he learned about horses and stable management under leading trainer Walley Mitchell who had at that time about 150 horses in his yard.
After spending some three years, Abdullah returned to Singapore and set up horse racing management company, Heritage Racing and had about 75 horses under their care and went on to win most of the classic races in the MRA Circuit.
After the sting owning Heritage Racing Stable, Abdullah worked briefly as a stable supervisor with trainer William Chua at Bukit Timah Turf Club.
Then the break came through after six years in the MRA Circuit, Abdullah was seeking new challenges in a new frontier.
Abdullah moved to Bangalore, India in 1996 and set up to train and manage race horses there.
It was a tough battle, however, Abdullah overcame the odds from two horses grew to 80 horses and the stable was crowned the Champion.
“I returned to Singapore once again set up a racehorse management company, but my love is to train horses, said Abdullah in an interview.
However, my love and passion remain in Malaysia and returned and showed the interest to be at the heart of horse racing at Selangor Turf Club.
Abdullah was successful when he applied for a trainer license with The Malayan Racing Association and was then granted 40 stables at Selangor Turf Club to begin with.
Thus a new beginning and Abdullah was quick off the mark when saddled his first career win with Bahar in his debut as a trainer. He went on to saddle his second winner with Royal Explorer. Currently he has about 30 horses in his stable.
Trainer Teh Ming Wan started his career from a humble beginnings as a syce with trainer Bernard Ang in 1992 at Jalan Ampang Racecourse. He then progressed as a track rider eventually obtaining an Apprentice Jockey license late 1993.
He rode his first winner on board Royal Stars at this course in 1993 and moved along with Bernard Ang who shifted his operations to Bukit Timah in 1993.
He became a Professional Jockey in 2004 and rode over 80 winners in his career. MW Teh hang up his riding boots in 2013 and became a stable supervisor namely to Daniel Murphy, Troy Jackman and Anna Scott.
MW Teh obtained his “B” grade trainer license under the tutelage of trainer Anna Scott but eventually transfered to trainer Tan Soo Beng in 2017.
With a total of 27 years of experience, MW Teh who grew with a passion for horse racing achieved his lifelong dream and was recently granted “A” grade trainers’ license by the Malayan Racing Association and subsequently was also granted 20 stables at Selangor Turf Club.
Trainer Shane Keith Ellis who hails from Perth, Australia developed a liking for horses since young. After his schooling day were over, at a tender age of 16, he started out as a stable hand and gradually learned to ride and soon after was riding race horses track work. He eventually gained his Amateur Jockey licence and rode for 12 years, riding 70 + winners. After hanging up his boots he joined the stables of Frank Maynard SNR for the next five years before joining Neville Parhnam as his foreman for the next 13 years.
He was introduced to former Singapore Trainer L Treloar to join his stables as a Senior Track Rider. An offer he took up in September 2008 and then soon after in April 2009 he was offered to join the stables of L Laxon, an offer he could not resist and he was then promoted to become his stable supervisor in January 2010 for next 3 years until 2013. He then obtained his ‘B” Trainer license attached to L Laxon for the years to come until Laxon retired in September 2017. During his tenure with Laxon, Shane had to opportunity to work with horses like BETTER THAN EVER, STETITUP, WAIKATO AND AFFLECK to name a few.
Shane decided to train on his own and was granted stabling facilities at Selangor Turf Club in June 2018, and currently has a handful of horses in training.
Lim Shung You is considered to be born into the racing line with his father, the late Lim Hoon Hooi a former MRA trainer & his uncle Lim Hoon Seng who is still active as a trainer based in Penang.
The racing bug caught Lim at a tender age of sixteen when he started to learn the ropes by joining his father stables as a syce in January 2001, he then in January 2003 joined Trainer Ng Kok Hoong to gain further experience & in March 2004 he joined Trainer James Barry Brogan where he continued to work as a syce until September 2007 when he was promoted to become a stable supervisor for the next 5 years.
He obtained his B-trainer license attached to trainer Brogan in 2012 until July 2014 when Mr. Brogan’s decided to take sabbatical leave, he joined Trainer Lim Wooi Chet and continued as a B-trainer till July 2017 when he successfully became the youngest trainer to obtain a trainer’s license in the MRA circuit.
With a mother who was a racehorse owner, Charles Leck, was exposed to racehorses from a young age.
After completing a course in horse training in Melbourne, Leck was attached to several trainers in Australia in 1988 before opting for Macau as his first place to launch his career in 1990.
He trained in the former Portuguese enclave from 1992 to 1995, landing the champion trainer title in 1992, 1993 and 1994.
He returned to Singapore in 1996 and did not take long to make his mark on his home turf, bagging many feature wins to eventually pick up his first title in 1998.
He doubled the dose the next year and won a third title in 2003.
Among his major successes his five Lion City Cups take pride of place.
He also claimed other big races like the Raffles Cup, Kranji Mile, Patrons’ Bowl, Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Singapore Guineas, Three Rings Trophy, just to name a few.
Reputed for being a conditioner of sprinters, Leck has prepared many top speedballs such as Ninetyfive Emperor and Superb Effect, but also good milers like Pacific Prince, Chevron and Bon Amie.
After nearly seven years on the sidelines, the racing itch got the better of him and thus decided to undertake a trainers license with the MRA, based in Selangor.
Career Highlights :
Raffles Cup : Emerald Isle (1996), Hippo Valour (1997), Chevron (2008)
Lion City Cup : Superb Effect (2000 & 2011), Classic Marco (2002), Super Race (2004), Nintyfive Emporer (2005)
Queen Elizabeth II Cup : Emerald Isle (1996)
Kranji Mile : Classic Prince (2000 & 2002)
Parton’s Bowl : Bon Amie (2002)
Simon Dunderdale is a New Zealander and is 49 years of age.
Simon has worked in the racing industry since the late 80’s where he started out as a stablehand for Robbie Laing in Melbourne.
Simon then proceeded to gain valuable experience within the industry with track rider positions in New Zealand, Macau, England, Ireland, Germany and Japan.
Simon was an Assistant trainer with Mike Moroney in New Zealand and Tony Noonan in Australia.
For the last 10 years Simon has been training at Veliefendi Istanbul Turkey where he was one of the only expat trainers.
After a successful and challenging time in Turkey, Simon decided to move to Malaysia and was granted a trainers licence in Oct 2016 based at Selangor.