No winter blues for Craig Grylls in Singapore
‘‘Winter racing in New Zealand is a pretty testing time for flat jockeys and I don't mind an option like this coming up.’’
While his colleagues do their best to cope with the heavy tracks and adverse weather of winter racing, Craig Grylls is set to spend three months riding in the warmer climes of Singapore.
Last week he received notification from the Singapore Turf Club that he has secured a visiting riders’ contract, which will become effective once the necessary paperwork has been completed.
Craig, a third-generation member of Te Awamutu’s most famous jockey family, has ridden overseas before including a number of brief stints in Macau and a couple of Queensland winter carnivals.
After moving to Matamata on the completion of his apprenticeship, the 27-year-old has found his niche and now has a tally of more than 700 wins.
Craig is enjoying another rewarding season with 61 wins, 10 of them at black-type level headed by the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings on Willie Cazals.
He has also ridden a number of Group Two winners this season, the most recent of them Mime in the Travis Stakes at Te Rapa in late April.
‘‘I’ve applied to ride in Singapore before, so it’s good to get the call-up,’’ he says.
‘‘Winter racing in New Zealand is a pretty testing time for flat jockeys and I don’t mind an option like this coming up. They tell me that at this time of year it definitely isn’t cold up in Singapore.’’
Craig and his Swedish-born wife Milou, who is employed by Te Akau Racing, are set to take a week’s holiday in Tahiti, where they will be joined by Craig’s Brisbane-based jockey sister Bridget.
After that he’ll be packing his bags for Kranji.
‘‘It’s for three months which will have me back in time for spring racing,’’ Craig added, ‘‘but I’ll be doing my best to make an impression up there and see where it takes me.’’
Winter mud won’t be something Craig Grylls will have to deal with during his upcoming Singapore stint.