Chris Munce puts Wicked Intent to the test against Exosphere at Randwick

Trainer Chris Munce is keen to send Wicked Intent to Melbourne. Picture: Tara Croser

 

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.

Renovations on the Eagle Farm track has forced Munce to split his 26 horses between Caloundra and Brisbane. He hopes to build his team up to 50 or 60.

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.

But, he says he doesn’t know enough about the Danny Nikolic case to make a comment on it. Nikolic’s application to be relicensed was last week rejected by Queensland and Victorian racing administrators.

Story courtesy Daryl Timms Herald Sun
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