Jockey Stephen Baster will return to Melbourne after having his riding licence terminated by the Singapore Turf Club yesterday.
Baster was given no reason for the immediate cancellation of his riding licence when informed by the Singapore Turf Club with a one line statement.
“The Club has withdrawn the Jockey Licence issued to Stephen Baster with immediate effect,” the statement read.
Baster was only recently given a renewal of a six month licence and could offer no reason why it has been cancelled when he tweeted his disappointment and shock.
“Unfortunately my license in S’pore has been withdrawn, with no reason given by the club. I will be heading home soon,” Baster tweeted.
Baster has a clean record in Singapore where has been riding for the last twelve months and collected 72 winners to finish second in the jockey’s premiership to tearaway leader Joao Moreira who rode an incredible 206 winners for the year.
A relatively slow start to the new season saw Baster with only two wins since January 1 but the thirty-eight year old will have no trouble fitting back into the Melbourne racing scene where he has been a successful rider since his apprenticeship days.
Baster has ridden six Group 1 winners in Australia, his last for trainer Mick Price in the 2008 $400,000 C. F. Orr Stakes (1400m) on Shinzig.