Robbie Fradd...Top International Jockey in Hong Kong
Robbie Fradd, top international jockey and multiple champion in Hong Kong. Photo supplied by Johan SiebRobbie Fradd, hails from South Afica and is probably the punters' favourite in both South Africa and Hong Kong.

He was born on 4th December, 1964, and rides at 8st 3 lbs, 114.5 lbs or 52 kg. He is known as "Ruthless Robbie" to his friends.

Former Hong Kong champion of 2000/2001, runner up the year before despite missing three months of the season(1999/2000) and again runner up in 2001/2002 (stakes won $30,030,325).

One of the strongest jockeys in the business. Competitors agree that once he hits the front on a horse he is very difficult to pass.

During a recent riding stint back in South Africa he maintained a 70% place strike rate, the highest in the country. He is well on his way to 300 winners in Hong Kong and is one of their favourite racing personalities.

Robbie enjoyed a very successful partnership with the brilliant Fairy King Prawn and won the Yasuda Kinen in Japan on him.

Robbie also won the Hong Kong Derby on Keen Winner in 2000. He is also well known for his excellent handling of and winning rides in big races on Electronic Unicorn, who likes to come from off the pace.

They recently ran second again on Hong Kong's big raceday in mid December, 2002, after running on from the back of the field.

Robbie won virtually every big race in South Africa including the Rothmans July. Robbie rode the new superstar of South African racing, Dynasty, in his debut and then already in the post race interview declared the horse "very special" and a "future superstar".

Robbie partnered him again in the 2003 Vodafone July Handicap and rode a very confident race to defeat the other special South African horse, Yard Arm, by a well held 2 lengths.

Robbie represented Hong Kong in the 2000 World Series International championship in Japan and finished third behind Olivier Peslier and Yutaka Take. Robbie would like to ride in Japan again.

We conducted an interview with Robbie recently and this is what he had to say:

Where do you live?
Summerveld, Durban, South Africa but I ride in Hong Kong at the moment.

Married/Single?
Divorced

What car do you drive?
Merc C230 Kompressor

Who has been the biggest influence in your racing career?
Gail Fradd and my family always supported me. Dean Kannemeyer and Ebrahim Kahn I could always rely on. Many people all over the world have been very good to me and I always appreciate it.

What weight can you ride?
Normally 52kg with breakfast but for a good ride I can still do 50kg.

Which stables do you ride for and do you have an agent?
I freelance in South Africa and in Hong Kong but Dean Kannemeyer, Mike de Kock, Mike Bass, Glen Kotzen, Charles Laird, Justin Snaith and David Ferraris all supported me at some stage.

I also ride for smaller stables like Belinda Impey. Any stable with winning rides! Just ring my agent Johan Sieberhagen.

Tell us about your first winner?
A horse called Barberton in 1982 at Clairwood over 1000m.

The best races you have ridden in?
I won the Yasuda Kinen, a Group 1 in Japan on Fairy King Prawn - my only ride for the day.

Electronic Unicorn must be one of my favourites, we won many great races together and recently ran 2nd again in a big race in Hong Kong. He is not an easy ride but finish like a steam train. His owners have been very loyal to me.

Other big races?
The Stewards Cup in Hong Kong on Fairy King Prawn, the Hong Kong Derby on Keen Winner, Housemaster also won a big race for me.

What races would you like to win?
The Dubai World Cup and the Japan Cup. Locally I would like to win the July Handicap again. I won it on Spacewalk on objection in 1994.

Does corruption exist in racing?
Wherever money is involved there is always a chance of corruption but I don't know of any specifics. The allegations against me in Hong Kong for which I was exonerated came like a bolt from the blue. Financially it drained me and mentally it was tough and testing.

I never doubted that I would be found not guilty but it ruins your reputation and leaves behind a bad taste. Unfortunately "James Bond" stories often do the rounds in racing and that impacts negatively on a jockey's racing career.

I am however a positive person that never gives up. When the going gets tough , "Ruthless Robbie" gets going.

Who are your friends, jockeywise?
Anthony Delpech, Greg Cheyne, Olivier Peslier, Steven King, Gerard Mosse, Weichong Mawing and many others.

Name a future champion horse?
Dean Kannemeyer's Fort Wood colt, Dynasty, is a very special horse. I rode him in his debut and he gave me a very, very special ride. He will go places !!!

Meanwhile, Robbie can be booked for rides via Johan Sieberhagen, his South African agent on

  • Telephone 27 33-396-2538
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  • Mobile :+27 (0) 825-612-636.
  • or e-mail johansieb@telkomsa.net

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