Ban Doesn’t Phase Indian Bound Callow

By: Ryan Clark
April 29th, 2011

Noel Callow has brushed off a suspension from Racing Victoria to continue his riding career which is starting to look more like a plot for world domination.

Callow had only been back in Australia a matter of weeks after returning from Asia and India is next on the list for the well travelled jockey.

He was handed an 11 meeting suspension after being found guilty of careless riding at Ballarat yesterday but only hours later he was on a plane heading towards the sub continent.

The suspension, which ends on May 9, will therefore have no influence on Callow who can focus completely on creating another successful overseas trip.

He will be riding in India for leading owner Dr Vijay Mallya and will be there for at least one month with the possibility of extending that for another month.

Phillip Roost, Callow’s manager, said he was planning to get in a couple of weeks of track work before May 14th when the Bangalore Summer Meeting gets underway.

He’s picked up in Australia where he left off in Asia riding 11 winners in the past few weeks his biggest coming at Flemington on Highly Recommended, trained by Peter Moody.

He also had a ride last Saturday in the Group 3 Easter Cup at Caulfield where he managed to steer the Lee Freedman trained Fanjura into second place.

“He’s riding well and going into the new season (in Melbourne) he’ll be a player I reckon,” Roost said.

His stint in Singapore was second to none as he became the first jockey to crack 100 winners in a season when he recorded a massive 106 in his very first attempt  in 2007.

He became so popular with his legion of fans he was affectionately dubbed ‘King Callow’.

His 2007 year also saw him win the Mauritius International Jockey’s Challenge in front of big name riders Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore.

He didn’t slow down in 2008 either with a win in the Singapore Derby for trainer Laurie Laxon on Top Spin.

While we may not have seen the absolute best of Noel Callow on Aussie soil he plans to return later in the spring where he hopes to add to his current resume of Aussie win.

Already alongside his name is the 2003 Caulfield Guineas, 2005 Australian Guineas and the 2005 Victoria Derby.

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