WHAT THEY SAY - ARTHUR BUDHU
1. When did you start your career as jockey?
I started my career as a jockey in September, 2009 but I was in racing from a younger age especially at various stables around horses.
2. Which horse was your first winner?
My first winner came aboard the Ryan Darby-trained Danielle My Girl over 2000 metres. That was a nice win that I won't ever forget.
3. Which horse was your longest odds winner?
My longest odds winner was on the same horse that I won my first race on, Danielle My Girl at 94-1. Going 10 furlongs, everyone thought that she would come back in the race but I just kept her relaxed and rode her as the trainer said and she won. I did really enjoy that win a lot.
4. Which is the best horse that you have ridden?
Well... the best that I have ridden is Traditional Prince. He is a fighter, always up there in the pace and no matter what pressure he came under, he always put out his all.
5. Which is the best horse that you have seen race at Caymanas Park?
I have seen a lot of outstanding horses at the Park, but I would give Princess Popstar the edge over A King Is Born. Princess Popstar came late to the races and the way that she won her two-year-old races was wonderful, she was running the same times as the grade one horses are running and she became the first horse to win all three major two-year-old races which eventually made her the Horse of the Year.
6. Who influenced your career the most?
Friends, family, trainers, owners, fans... but I would have to single out Barry Dawes. He was always there for me giving advices and encouragements, he also supported me and give instructions on how to approach my races. Barry is a wonderful person and for that I say thank you.