Just three weeks after arriving in Canada and winning on his first Woodbine ride, South African jockey Ryan Munger has made it a May month to remember forever, and booted his first treble home in his new homeland on Saturday.
Ryan and his wife Kelsey only left South Africa a matter of weeks back and celebrated the return of turf racing on a bright and warm May day – Northern Dancer’s birthday 62 years years ago – at Woodbine with a racemeeting that leaves the SA Jockey Academy graduate with six winners from 17 rides at an almost 36% win strike-rate.
Jennifer Morrison reports on www.canadianthoroughbred.com that Munger’s triple on Saturday began with Tucci Holdings’s Hear Me Knocking a Bahaman Squall filly bred by Michaela and Karly Kemp and trained by Sid Attard. Hear Me Knocking won the CAD$ 7000 maiden claiming race with her ears pricked.
Munger then guided the speedy Quiet Maddelena to victory in race 5 for CAD$ 7 500 claiming for owners John Lennox and Centenntial Farms Inc. This filly was the 5th winner for trainer Ravendra Raghunath at the meeting.
Watch the Quiet Maddelena replay here:
The well bred Googly Eyes was nicely prepared to win a CAD$ 40 000 claiming/optional turf dash by trainer James Smith for owner Richard Lister. Googly Eyes was beautifully ridden by Munger crowned a memorable three-timer.
Watch the Googly Eyes replay here: