TRAINER in the history of Indian racing has made as astounding an impact
as Rashid Byramji. The third generation trainer is simply the best in the
business. Although, he has won everything that can be won in India, he carries
his fame lightly.
``Horse sense, intuition
and hard work'', according to the champion trainer are the magic words. But
it is a combination of factors that go into making a winner, he says. From
selecting and training to good grooming, good stabling, diet, jockey, non-interfering
owners, to a good start - the list is endless. But for those like Byramji
who have the God's gift of making this endless mix a heady cocktail, there
is that pot of gold waiting at the end of the rainbow. Twelve Indian Turf
Invitation Trophy winners inclusive of three hat-tricks besides over 200 classics
stand testimony to the excellence achieved by the trainer over 45-years of
of Byramji's achievements dwarfs all other trainers in the country. Perhaps
it is unfair to compare him with the other trainers in the country as apart
from his undoubted brilliance, fortune also favoured him in that he always
had the best bred horses in the stable besides the unstinted support of India's
who is who of corporate world as his owners and that of the top flight jockeys
like Jagdish, Vasant Shinde, Pesi Shroff and Aslam Kader. As the ace trainer
himself points out, teamwork and rapport are the essential ingredients of
a successful team and this has never been in short supply for him. Today,
Byramji has achieved so much that his record will stand the test of time,
with his records unlikely to be bettered by anybody in a hurry.
says that there is no sure formula for success. If you select a good horse,
then your task is that much simpler if only for the reason those horses wont't
compete against you. An eye for horses is the most essential ingredient for
success and this has to be in born. Byramji's greatest assets have been his
grasp, intuition and understanding of horses. He is a thorough professional
who is capable of getting the best out of his horses at the right time. His
methods are very open and there is no hide and seek. He has had an extremely
clean record which is difficult to maintain given the kind of suspicions which
exist where defeat of favourites is viewed with a lot of distrust. He is a
methodical trainer who puts in a lot of effort into his work. And the hallmark
of Byramji is his ability to cope with the pressures of big races. There are
others who have won classics but not with the consistency of Byramji who has
won them regularly at all racing centres in India.
Byramji is undoubtedly
a world class trainer but he resisted the temptation to train abroad. ``I
wanted to train abroad, particularly in England. I had an offer from the racing
manager of Sheikh Al Maktoum stables. But I felt I would not be happy with
the climatic conditions in that country.''
Despite 45 years of hard-grind
in the field, Byramji's love affair with horses shows no sign of abating.
And if his son Darius' enthusiasm and talent is any indication, Byramji's
link with horse racing will be etched in golden letters when the history of
Indian racing is written.
VASANT SHINDE, the only Indian jockey to have won over 100 Classics
RASHID BYRAMJI is the best trainer in the country. And I think I have more reason to say this. Everybody, his owners, riders - even his rivals would admit it. Give him good horss and see the Byramji magic.
Without him, I would not have achieved what I have achieved today. He is a tough task master. He shaped my career and though many give me credit for some of the big races that I have won, few people know about the excellent strategy worked out by Byramji.
ROBIN CORNER, one of the icons of Indian racing, with close to 2000 winners to his credit and currently a Stipendiary Steward with BTC
Rashid Byramji is not only a top class trainer but also a very fine human being. His exploits in racing speak more eloquently than any words of praise.
In my short association with Byramji, I always appreciated him for giving his riders due importance. He handles jockeys with a great deal of tact. He is one who backs his jockeys to the hilt unlike some trainers who are quick to put the blame for the failure of a horse at the jockey's door. He has faith in his rider's ability and asks how he intends to ride, and instructs accordingly. He never hides the deficiencies or any problem with a horse, and this helps jockeys to ride with better understanding.
PADMANABHAN, one of India's leading trainer
Though he happened to be born in India, and presumably, resisted the temptation to train abroad, the fact is, Rashid Byramji is a world class trainer. As a trainer, he would have made an impact anywhere in the world.
He is an inspiration to other trainers. He is not a trainer who is content to sit at one centre and allow things to happen. He sets out in quest of Classics to other centres.It is this trait that has rubbed off an all of us.
PESI SHROFF, currently India's No 1 jockey
Rashid Byramji's greatest assets have been his grasp, intuition and understanding of horses. He is a thorough professional who is capable of getting the best out of his horses at the right time.
Byramji is a trainer for the big occasion with the perfect big match temperament.