Profile of Steven Burridge
Steve Burridge was born to be part of horse racing. With racing in his blood, he has been involved in the racing industry as a professional jockey and trainer for over 35 years. This rich experience certainly gives him an edge in the competitive training ranks in Singapore. This is evident in his current winning streak at the local turf club.
Steve’s father, Harold Burridge, was a jockey and young Steven was eager to follow in his dad’s footsteps. At age thirteen, Steve was sent to trainer John Patterson to start a career that would eventually see him ride over a 1,000 winners in more than 10,000 race rides.
His numerous peak moments, include winning on a young Super Impose, on its very first race start. Another defining victory was winning the Group 1 Oakley Plate on Mighty Avalanche in 1984.
After 18 years on the saddle in Australia, Steven decided to try his hand at the lucrative Asian circuit. He subsequently enjoyed a successful 5-year riding stint in Macau.
Beginnings of a winning trainer
It was also in Macau that Steven took his first interest in Bloodstock. Steve started buying horses for owners in Hong Kong and Macau and was very successful at picking horses that trained on to be multiple winners.
With weight getting the better of him, in 1992 Steven decided to call it a day as a jockey. He then concentrated on Bloodstock and eventually received an offer from his former boss Claude Charlet to move to Singapore. Steve took up this opportunity to try his hand at assisting a trainer.
Steve took to the life in the training barns and early mornings with a stopwatch, like a duck to water. It was not long before he was asked by compatriot Michael Kent to help set up the yards at the former Bukit Timah Turf Club.
During this time, he got to know his future wife, Julie, who was riding track work in Singapore. The pair not only became inseparable off the track, but made a skillful team in preparing horses. Two years later Steve and Julie moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to work as assistant trainers where Steve had considerable success with many horses including Ballistic who won the Penang Gold Cup and the Coronation Cup in 2000.
With an eye on the future, Steve moved his operations to Singapore in 2002. In 2003, he was granted his full training license and 45 stables by the Singapore Turf Club.
Since then the stable has gone from strength to strength. In 2005 Steven notched up his first Group winner with World Airlines in the Jumbo Jet Trophy. In 2006 King And King won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup. King And King also ran a credible 2nd in the Singapore Airlines International Group 1 race.
He took the the Group 3, Three Rings Trophy in February 2007 with World Delight and was runner up in the same race with Graduate Boy. Trigger Express won The Queen Elizabeth Cup in 2008.
Since then Steve has got bigger and better. 2010 saw team Burridge win the prestigious Singapore Gold Cup with horse Risky Business, but Steve’s biggest and best achievement to date has been winning the Trainers Premiership for 2010.