Born on September 8, 1968, Malesh Narredu grew up in poor surroundings and attended the St Patrick’s school in Pune, situated across the road from the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) racecourse.
Due to it’s proximity to the track, the school boasts a rich tradition of producing future jockeys, including Malesh’s older brother, Sathish.
Malesh himself joined the RWITC’s apprentice school in 1983 and was sent to the yard of leading trainer CA Kuttappa after graduating, with whom he spent two unsuccessful years before finally registering a first victory on board 100-1 chance Amiable Lady at Pune on 17 August, 1986.
The winners soon started to flow and Narredu became leading apprentice for the first time at Bombay in 1987, when dead-heating for the title after riding 5 winners in the final two days of the season. Some of the leading Indian trainers soon started using Narredu and he rapidly established himself as one of the country’s top jockeys, enjoying the first of seven successes in the Pune Derby on board Ashwamedha in 1990.
The following year, Narredu became the retained jockey to the powerful Nanoli Stud Farm operation and the partnership has remained until today, with the highlights including success in the 1997 Indian Derby on Indictment.
Narredu also spent five years riding for Dr MAM Ramaswamy and was involved in an historic dead-heat with his brother Sathish, who was also retained by the legendary owner, at Bangalore on 18 November, 1995.
To date, Narredu has won over 1,600 races throughout the world with 57 Indian Classics to his name, including the Indian Triple Crown (2,000 Guineas, Derby and St Leger) with Indictment. He has been Champion apprentice on three occasions and Champion jockey 13 times, most recently at Pune in 2008.
On the international stage, Narredu has ridden in Japan (1996), Singapore (1996) and Malaysia (2004), as well as spending the winter of 2008/09 taking part in the International Jockeys Championship in South Africa and riding in Qatar as retained jockey for Sheikh Mishal bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al‑Thani. He also spent a brief period in May, 1997, riding in Ireland for Jim Bolger and Jeremy Harley.
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