Dunn calls time on his rid­ing career

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - By CRAIG BREN­NAN

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.

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