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Suraj Narredu

Suraj Narredu (born 7 February 1985), is a licensed Indian jockey based in Bangalore. Part of the horse racing circuit for almost a decade and a licensed jockey for the last 8 years, Narredu comes from family which been involved in horseracing over three generations. His father Satish Narredu is a senior horse trainer and his uncle Malesh Narredu a champion jockey.[1] Suraj races in Bangalore, Mysore, Pune and Mumbai, all major hubs of this equestrian-lifestyle sport in India. He also rides internationally and is a regular across major South-East Asian race hubs. In December 2009, he won the Mauritius Turf Club's Prestigious Rising Star Championship.[2]

He won the Delhi Derby in January 2010, and was expected to win at the Kingfisher Derby held in Bangalore on July 11, 2010 riding tote favorite 'Sun Kingdom'.[3] Although he lost to international jockey Richard Hughes in Bangalore,[4] Narredu is all set to become the youngest Indian jockey to join the 1000 winners club.[5]

Suraj started riding at the BARI riding school in Bangalore at the age of 12. This school has produced top Indian jockeys like Y.S.Srinath and K.P.G. Appu. His father and uncle did not approve of his getting into the game, probably because they knew how fickle this sport can be but nevertheless, Suraj decided to go ahead and become a jockey as a teenager. [6]

Narredu is a big fan of Italian jockey Frankie Dettori. Dettori's ‘Magnificent 7’ tape where he won the entire race card at Royal Ascot racecourse in 1996 is the most inspiring moment for Suraj. Apart from heading towards becoming India's youngest jockey to notch up a 1000-winners, Suraj also wants to emulate Dettori's race card. [7]

Career wins

Derbies and Invitation Cup Wins
Year Race Horse
2005 Poonawalla Mysore Derby (Gr I) Psychic Strength
2006 Poonawalla Mysore Derby (Gr I) Super Speed
2010 Vaishnavi North India Derby (Gr III) Sprint Star
2010 Vandrevala Foundation Indian Turf Invitation Cup (Gr I) Becket
Classic Wins
Year Race Horse
2003 Vijay Textiles Golconda 2000 Guineas (Gr III) Coral Gables
2004 Golconda Oaks (Gr III) Annapolis
2005 Deccan Bookmakers Association Fillies Trial St Da Vinci Rose
2005 Calcuttta Fillies Trial St Sanskara
2005 K R O Mysore 1000 Guineas (Gr III) Bratz
2005 Calcuttta Derby Trial St Sanskara
2005 Golconda 1000 Guineas (Gr II) Bratz
2007 Golconda 1000 Guineas (Gr II) Ruby Queen
2008 Golconda Oaks (Gr II) Ruby Queen
2008 Deccan Bookmakers Association Colts Trial St Suceeding Star
2008 Calcutta Fillies Trial St 2008 Safari
2009 Calcutta 1000 Guineas 08-09 Gr III Safari
2009 Calcutta Colts Trial St 2009 Credit Squeeze
2009 Fernhill's Palace Bangalore 1000 Guineas Gr II Youre So Beautiful
2009 Harvins Bangalore 2000 Guineas Gr II Sprint Star
2010 Vijay Golconda Derby Stakes 2010 Gr I Arabian Prince
2010 HDIL Colts Trial St (Gr I) Sun Kingdom



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