Munce left without Lismore Cup ride
LEADING jockey Chris Munce is now considered a long-shot to secure a ride in Thursday's $60,000 XXXX Gold Lismore Cup.
While the Lismore-born, Casino-raised Munce was prepared to ride in his first Lismore Cup since 1994, it seems that no trainer is willing to give him a go.
Lismore Turf Club secretary Michael Timbrell had been casting around on Munce's behalf but said the leading hoop was now in doubt for Thursday's big race.
“It now seems like Chris won't be coming,” Timbrell said.
“We can't dictate to trainers what jockeys they put on their horses. They want the best riders and it's up to the owners and trainers in the end.
“We went through and contacted all the owners and trainers who had a good chance in the race, but they all had riders secured and they weren't prepared to change.
“I've spoken to Chris' agent and he said that unless Chris can get a decent ride in the cup he was not prepared to come just to ride an outsider in the race. It is not worth his time.”
Munce had previously indicated he was prepared to come and ride in at least two or three races including the cup itself and the $30,000 Rousillon Handicap.
No doubt he would still be a major drawcard if an 11th hour compromise could be reached, but that now seems highly unlikely.
“He's got a group one race on Saturday and he has to be at a low weight for that and so for him to come up here and race he would really need to be on a competitive horse,” Timbrell said.
It's a similar story for country championship-winning hoop Greg Ryan, who also looks like missing out on a ride in the cup.
“For him to drive up from Dubbo he needs one or two rides to make it worth his time and effort,” Timbrell.
“All we have tried to do is to give the owners and trainers some options to use some top-class jockeys but it is up to them to decide what is best for their horse now and into the future.”
But another big name jockey, former Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Scott Seamer, is expected to saddle-up on Kyros, which finished second in the Ballina Cup on September 10.
In other news, the Lismore Turf Club extended nominations for two of its races on Thursday but received just one extra for the Ratings 72 Handicap and none for the Rousillon.
Although disappointed that the $30,000 Rousillon hadn't gained any extra nominations, Timbrell said he was happy with the quality of the field.