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Munce fit and well after scare
Mark Oberhardt
17:33 AEST Sun Oct 27 2013

Chris Munce will visit his doctor today to confirm he is as healthy as he feels after a scare ahead of Melbourne Cup week.

Munce, who rides the Clarry Conners-trained Dear Demi in the Mackinnon Stakes and the Cup, was stood down at Eagle Farm on Saturday, complaining of dizziness after one ride.

But his manager Gary Legg said all was well with the champion rider 24 hours later and he would be back riding on Wednesday.

"Chris is feeling a lot better," Legg said.

"It was a very hot day at Eagle Farm and that may have been the problem.

"He will visit his doctor just to make sure and he expects to be riding on Wednesday."

Munce is one of an elite group of jockeys to have won Australia's big four races - Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

He got the call-up last week from Dear Demi's owner John Singleton to ride the mare in Saturday's Mackinnon Stakes and the Melbourne Cup.

Munce's Cup win came in 1998 with Jezabeel, a mare Singleton later bought for a reported $1.5 million to join his broodmare band.

A stint in a Hong Kong jail after he was found guilty of receiving money in return for tips steeled Munce for his toughest battle.

He was diagnosed with throat cancer late last year and underwent three months of treatment before making a successful return to riding in Brisbane where he settled a couple of years ago.

"It has been an interesting 12 months," Munce said before the Eagle Farm incident.

Dear Demi has 51kg in the Melbourne Cup and her third in the Caulfield Cup gives Munce confidence the 2012 VRC Oaks winner will have no trouble with the 3200m.

"Dear Demi is a good ride," he said.

"I reckon there is a question on about half the field running out the 3200 metres but her Caulfield Cup was a good pointer.

Munce says he still gets excited about the Cup and Cup week.

"It is a special race and I still remember winning on a Jezabeel (1998) like it was yesterday," he said.


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