Chris Munce puts Wicked Intent to the test against Exosphere at Randwick
TOP jockey turned trainer Chris Munce will pursue the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington if his colt Wicked Intent performs at his best in Saturday’s Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick.
The prolific Group 1-winning jockey, who won the 1998 Melbourne Cup on Jezabeel, said he would know if Wicked Intent merited a trip to Melbourne.
“It’s a hard race on Saturday with Exosphere and Japonisme. I thought it was going to be second-tier Group 2 or 3 on the way to the Coolmore, but it looks like it’s going to be a hot race,” Munce said. “We are soon going to find out where we are at.”
Munce said being a trainer presented different challenges to riding, including administration.
“But I love working with the horses and getting them going,” he said.
Munce — who was jailed in Hong Kong in 2006 for being paid to provide tips to a Hong Kong businessman, and later completed his 20-month sentence in Australia — retired in January after riding Wicked Intent in the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. The colt was the $4.40 favourite, but finished sixth.
He knows what it’slike to get a second chance after being relicensed as a jockey by Racing NSW in 2008.