After drawing a blank in his first
weekend on the scene last week, South African jockey Ryan Munger was off the
mark in his Singapore stint when he piloted PINDUS to victory in the Class
4, Div 2 - 1000m sprint on the polytrack at Kranji here tonight.
Munger, 24, had the son of Exceed And Excel well back in the early running
and racing four-wide after a bad draw.
But the Australian four-year-old picked up speed in the 300m to overhaul the
leaders one by one to win by a neck at the line. It was the third win in
seven starts for PINDUS and winning double for the new season.
"This horse had good form and was in a good place. I
actually made him one of my better chances to get my first win, but he was
also jumping from a tricky barrier," said Munger. "When he saw daylight at
the top of the straight, he attacked the line very well."
Munger joined he South African Jockey Academy in 2011 and
after rapidly rising through the ranks, now figures among the leading
jockeys in the country. He finished eighth in the table with 127 winners.
He has racked up around 570 winners, including four at
Grade 3 level and six in Listed races.His first Grade 3 wins came in the
Caradoc Gold Cup with ILITSHE at Turffontein in 2017, while other notable
feature wins at Turffontein include the Grade 3 Graham Beck Stakes with
NATIONAL PARK in November 2018 and the Grade 3 Pretty Polly Stakes with
PALACE OF DREAMS last March.
In terms of overseas experience, Munger took part in an
apprentice jockeys’ challenge in Abu Dhabi back in 2014.
PINDUS was placed in six of nine starts in Australia and
has now scored three times in seven runs in Singapore.