By Jon Lees
UAE: There will be a new face among the jockey ranks for the forthcoming season in Dubai after Ryan Curatolo was announced as stable jockey at Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum’s Jebel Ali Stables.
Frenchman Curatolo, 28, will be attached to trainer Nicholas Bachalard, who has charge of a string of 50 horses.
It will mark another new experience for Curatolo who has enjoyed successful riding stints in the United States, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Singapore, and other parts of the Middle East, amassing around 500 winners.
Marseille-born Curatolo’s career developed in the US from the age of 18 when, with trainer Patrick Biancone as a mentor, he was leading apprentice in New York, which earned him an Eclipse Award nomination in 2011.
He rode 186 winners in the US and partnered a horse for the queen but after a spell out with injury he moved to Macau, riding 100 winners over three years.
In Japan he set a record for the most winners by a visiting jockey in the National Association of Racing circuit and was in Singapore until earlier this year.
The UAE racing season starts on October 29.