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Munce Makes His Return To Hawkesbury

Former champion jockey Chris Munce returns to Sydney racing in a different role at Hawkesbury on Wednesday, a track where he has enjoyed great success.

Munce Makes His Return To Hawkesbury

Former champion jockey Chris Munce returns to Sydney racing in a different role at Hawkesbury on Wednesday, a track where he has enjoyed great success.

Munce will have first Sydney runner as a trainer at the metropolitan midweek meeting.

Munce flew to Sydney on Tuesday to saddle Lucky Jackson (Jason Collett) in the Blakes Marine BM 66 Handicap (1800m) for three-year-olds.


Munce netted 42 Group 1 races including the Golden Slipper Stakes, Cox Plate and Caulfield and Melbourne Cups but was no mean slouch either when it came to riding feature winners at Hawkesbury.

His wins at the west Sydney provincial course included three Hawkesbury Gold Cups, the Hawkesbury Guineas twice and the Rowley Mile.

Chris Munce
Chris Munce Picture:Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images

“It was a pretty good track for me; hopefully it will be again,” Munce said. “Lucky Jackson is a lightly-raced three-year-old, and I’m looking forward to getting him out to a suitable distance.”

Casino-born Munce, 48, retired from riding two years ago and has quickly established himself as a a successful Brisbane trainer.

Named after Elvis Presley’s character in the 1960s film Viva Las Vegas, Lucky Jackson Horseform is a gelded son of Casino Prince and has started only four times.

He won first-up this season in a Sunshine Coast maiden on October 15 on a heavy track before finishing second to Prince Albert in a Grafton BM 60 (1710m) on October 31.

“Grafton is as far as I have come across the border so far with a runner,” Munce said.

“I brought Lucky Jackson home after the Grafton race before sending him to Sydney as there aren’t a lot of suitable races for him at present.”

Newcastle-trained Wallangarra Horseform, an English horse with an Australian name, gets his chance to make a winning metropolitan debut at Hawkesbury.

The five-year-old import is named after the small township of Wallangarra, 258km south-west of Brisbane on the NSW border.

He comes to Sydney seeking a hat-trick following wins at Port Macquarie and his home track at Newcastle from his only three starts since joining Kris Lees’ stable.

After a first-up third in a 1400m maiden at the Newcastle Cup carnival on September 16, he scored over 1812m at Port Macquarie on October 7 and 1850m at Newcastle in a C2 on October 21.

“It’s obviously a big step going to midweek city grade but Wallangarra keeps improving and deserves hic chance,” Lees said.

He has booked leading apprentice Andrew Adkins, who will reduce Wallangarra’s weight by 1.5kg to 58.5kg.

Lees has withdrawn The Wasp Horseform from the Livamol Dash over 1000m to rely on Envy Of All (Glyn Schofield).

Envy Of All Horseform chased home the unbeaten Bon Amis - an impressive winner at Rosehill last Saturday - in a C2 Handicap (900m) at Newcastle on October 21.

The Your Song filly has never been out of a place in six starts to date, winning one and notching five minor placings.

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