Dunn calls time on his riding career
A CONSTANT battle with weight and illness has forced the premature retirement of apprentice Dylan Dunn.
Last season’s champion Melbourne apprentice called a halt to his career on Tuesday after almost four years in the saddle.
The son of leading jockey Dwayne, Dunn wasn’t born to be a jockey, standing 178cm and weighing 66kg before beginning his career.
After starting in Adelaide with Phillip Stokes, Dunn transferred to Lindsay Park Melbourne where he was based last season.
Problems started to emerge with Dunn’s health in late 2015 when he developed pneumonia in his left lung.
But it was being diagnosed with glandular fever in January this year that started Dunn thinking of a new career and he has completed a course in finance and set up mortgage brokering business.
In the future he hopes to take up an option to be a racing presenter while enjoying his new life. “I was 66 kilograms before I
a jockey,” Dunn said. “I’m walking around at that weight now and I’m a lot healthier and a happier person.
“I wanted to walk out on high and not be known as a battling jockey.”
Dunn retires with 132 winners from 1170 rides and two Group 3 winners to his name.
He counts riding Bold Sniper to victory at Sandown for The Queen as possibly his biggest highlight.