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Munger Set For Singapore

Another local takes his chances

Ryan Munger has been granted a 12-month licence to ride in Singapore.

His contract will commence on January 1 2020.

Munger, who chose this career path after he was inspired to follow into the footsteps of his jockey-uncle Stuart Randolph, enrolled at the South African Jockey Academy in 2011 and after rapidly rising through the ranks, now figures among the leading jockeys on the national log.

Crowned Zimbabwe champion jockey in the 2017-2018 season, the Durban-born Munger was first based in Johannesburg. He moved to Cape Town in October 2018 to briefly join trainer Glen Kotzen as his stable jockey before going freelance shortly after.

Last year, Munger finished eighth on the national log on 127 winners. He is currently in eighth place on 31 winners.

He has racked up around 570 winners, including four at Gr3 level and six in Listed races.

His first Gr3 wins came in the Caradoc Gold Cup with Ilitshe at Turffontein in 2017, while other notable feature wins at Turffontein include the Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes with National Park last November and the Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes with Palace Of Dreams in March.

In terms of overseas experience, Munger participated in an apprentice jockeys’ challenge in Abu Dhabi back in 2014.

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5 comments on “Munger Set For Singapore

  1. INNOCENT says:

    Good jockey and he will fit in like a glove in a hand there

  2. Gavin says:

    Great move.. Very talented

  3. George Ellis says:

    Well done Champ stay positive reach for the Stars and you will touch the Moon

  4. david mollett says:

    Somehow – as I wrote in Business Day today – Ryan has slipped under the radar of the top stables. He did have a short spell with Glen Kotzen but soon returned to Gauteng.
    It’s quite amazing that – despite a broken collarbone in April – and riding mainly moderate horses he managed to finish eighth on the national log with 127 winners.
    He’s got four mounts with uninspiring form at Turffontein today so I applaud his decision to give Singapore a go.
    Ryan will be aware the cards didn’t fall well there for Callan Murray in “Sing” and his four-timer last Saturday was further proof that he’s one of the most talented members of the jockeys room.
    I don’t think Ryan is far behind him and what will be important in “Sing” is to get a good start in Jan and Feb. If he does – the better rides will come.
    As he gained regional colours for cricket, perhaps he could stop off at Centurion on Boxing Day and help the Proteas against England!

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    If the Cricket guys are clever, they should call on Rassie – he knows how to beat, upset England 😎

    Ryan Munger – you go young man. 👍

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