By Jordan Gerrans
When Singaporean jockey Troy See was searching for his next career move, he turned to one of his most trusted mentors - the great “Enforcer” Mick Dittman.
The now retired champion hoop instructed the ambitiouss rider to head to where he hails from, the Sunshine State.
See and Dittman worked for the same barn in Singapore – See as their stable jockey, with Dittman managing the operations.
The 33-year-old was frustrated with a lack of race riding opportunities in Singapore, so Dittman put See in touch with Gold Coast trainer Les Kelly.
“Mick told me he was a very good rider and he thought he would go very well over here in Australia,” Kelly relayed.
“He asked me to give him a go and we have gone from there.”
Once a leading apprentice jockey in Singapore, See was sold on the Sunshine State by the Rockhampton-born legend.
“Mick suggested I give Australia a shot as racing in Queensland was picking up, he said, with the government injecting more stakes money,” See said.
“I go to him a lot to talk about racing, he is obviously one of the most successful jockeys Australia has ever seen.
“I am very fortunate to have him mentoring me and representing me the whole way, I am very thankful for that. We have kept in touch since.”
See has hit the ground running in his new venture – riding three winners in the last month – all for the Kelly yard.
“I am young and hungry for more races,” See said.
“I was sick of riding two or three horses a week in Singapore at the one meeting.”
Since arriving in Australia, See has ridden work on the majority of mornings on the Gold Coast for Kelly and the trainer is hopeful he will remain for the foreseeable future.