I have been riding horses since I was a child, and rode as a work rider at the Turf club and have jointly owned race horses with my family.
Champion Apprentice Jockey Arul JH
The Champion Apprentice Jockey title is a milestone in the career of any newly licensed apprentice. Jockey Arul JH earned this title during the end of the Bangalore Winter Meeting 2020-21.
Champion Apprentice Jockey Arul JH drew attention for his handling of Green Channel, trained by Neil B Deveney, and owned by Dr Suresh Chintamaneni which resulted in three consecutive wins.
He first rode Green Channel to victory in The Jog Falls Plate Div-1, a 6-furlong race. He collected himself quickly after losing a few lengths at the start, artfully taking advantage of a gap in the shortest way to beat Sun Splash at the winning post by a short-head.
Champion Apprentice Jockey Arul JH‘s second win with Green Channel was in The Gateway of India Plate, a Class 3 race for horses rated 30 to 50, 5 Years old and over. He handled this mile race with grace and some good luck as Jockey P Trevor up High Priestess faced traffic issues turning for home. He defended his strong lead at the winning post to win by a short-head.
His final win with Green Channel on the last race day of the season was in The Sergeant At Arms Plate, a 9-furlong race. The two solid contenders for this race were Mountain Lion, with Jockey YS Srinath up trained by Neil Darashah, and Speedster with Jockey RN Darshan up, trained by Warren Singh. He found a good place behind Mountain Lion, tracking the horse all the way and asking Green Channel for her best, to win the race by one and a half lengths.
Champion Apprentice Jockey Arul JH showed excellent judgment of pace in The Shivanasamudra Plate, a 6-furlong race. He understood what pace suited the horse - Anakin best and beat the favorite Tiger Returns with Jockey YS Srinath up by four and a half lengths.
He beautifully handled Harmonia in The Glass House Plate, a 6-furlong race, by hitting the front and brought her into a spurt mode at the right time to win the race by five lengths!
Arul completed his 10th winner on Rule Of Engagement to earn his whip. The horse was trained by K Pradeep Annaiah and owned by Rajan Aggarwal and Gautam Aggarwal in the Champion Jockey Trophy Div-2. He settled the horse well to win confidently by five lengths ahead of Ocean Dunes.
Champion Apprentice Jockey Arul JH is currently under trainer K Pradeep Annaiah and rides majorly for owners Rajan and Gautam Aggarwal, for whom Raoul Rego is the racing manager.
Former top jockey Aslam Kader is in charge of training all apprentices, and Arul JH has stood out, showing so much potential early on in his career. He is worth keeping an eye on this coming season.
© 2021 Donna Wright