Jockey Chris Munce will retire from riding after Saturday’s Magic Millions meeting to become a trainer.
Munce rides the favourite Wicked Intend in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic.
One of just seven jockeys to have claimed the grand slam of Australian racing, the Golden Slipper, Cox Plate and Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, Munce will be at the yearling sales a day later looking to stock his new stable, Munce Racing.
“I feel the time is right and this is not a spur of the moment decision, it has been a long-range plan to become a trainer, Munce said.
“Most of the trainers I have spoken to reckon I’m mad, but racing is in my blood. It’s what I love and what I want to continue to be involved in.
“I met my wife Cathy through racing and have also built some wonderful friendships in the sport.”
Munce’s career has had its lowlights. In 2007, he was convicted in Hong Kong of taking money for tips and sentenced to 30 months jail.
He served his time in Hong Kong and Sydney and took up riding again on his release.
In early 2013, Munce underwent several months of treatment for throat cancer.