Guineas vic­tory a first for Munce

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - NATHAN EXELBY

CHRIS Munce was tossed around from owner to owner like a ten pin but he didn’t mind a bit, as Boom­sara landed his stable and a group of more than 20 own­ers a mem­o­rable Magic Mil­lions Guineas yes­ter­day.

“I was a bit crook be­fore the race, I’m all right now though,” he said.

Boom­sara looked un­der siege at the 200m, but fought off Syd­ney raider Bondi and the more fan­cied lo­cal Out­back Bar­bie to land a mon­ster pay day for his own­ers, who shelled out just $45,000 for him.

The Guineas was one of the few races to elude Munce as a jockey but he said yes­ter­day’s suc­cess eas­ily eclipsed the emo­tion of the three times he won the 2YO race on this day.

“No com­par­i­son. 100 per cent this is bet­ter,” he said.

“You set out a plan, you put a lot of hard work into them and for ev­ery­thing to come to fruition is just a great thrill.

“I think there’s 20 or 30 (own­ers) in him and a lot of them are first timers as well. To get a horse like Boom­sara they are very happy ob­vi­ously, it’s been a great ride for them.”

Tim Clark car­ried out in­struc­tions to per­fec­tion af­ter be­ing called in to re­place Damian Browne, who went to hos­pi­tal on Thurs­day with ab­dom­i­nal prob­lems, tak­ing his time to cross over from the wide draw.

“We would love for (Browne) to have rid­den him to­day and he rode the horse so well last start. We’re cer­tainly think­ing of him and we wish him well,” Munce said.

“I knew they wouldn’t get by him trav­el­ling as easy as he was at the 1200m. He trav­elled nice, Timmy rated him beau­ti­fully and he started to coax him up from the 600m and I’m just so thrilled.”

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