Chris Munce

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Chris Munce
Occupation Jockey
Born 17 May 1969
Casino, New South Wales, Australia
Major racing wins
Epsom Handicap (1995, 1997)
Goodwood Handicap (1996)
AJC Metropolitan Handicap (1996, 2000)
Stradbroke Handicap (1997, 2000)
Doomben 10,000 (1997)
Melbourne Cup (1998)
Golden Slipper Stakes (1998, 2004)
Doncaster Handicap (2001)
AJC Sires Produce Stakes (2004)
Spring Champion Stakes (2004)
Champagne Stakes (2004)
Cox Plate (2004)
Salinger Stakes (2006)
LKS MacKinnon Stakes (2006)
Caulfield Cup 2010
Significant horses
Assertive Lad, Iron Horse, Jezabeel, Rum, Savabeel, Dance Hero, Shower Of Roses, Desert War

Chris Munce (born 17 May 1969) is a highly successful Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who was convicted in Hong Kong on 1 March 2007 of taking bribes in exchange for racing tips.

Overview[edit]

Originally a Queensland jockey, Munce shares stable jockey duties with Danny Beasley for Gai Waterhouse Racing. During his career Chris Munce has won thirty-five Group One conditions races including Australia's most prestigious races, the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate.

Tips scandal[edit]

According to The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Munce was arrested by the ICAC, an anti-corruption police in July 2006 with $HK250,000 stuffed into his jeans pockets along with a sheet of paper containing notations allegedly relating to wagers on horse races he had tipped. The charges against him related to actions by Munce while he was racing in Hong Kong which claimed he provided tips to local businessman Andy Lau (not the singer Andy Lau) between December 2005 and May 2006.

Sentenced to thirty months in prison, lawyers for Chris Munce have stated that their client will appeal the verdict and apply for bail pending the results of an appeal hearing.

On 1 September 2007, Munce returned to Australia to serve the remainder of his sentence. The Hong Kong and Australian federal and New South Wales state governments ruled that Munce be detained in minimum-security prison in Sydney.[1]

On 30 October 2008, Chris Munce walked free from Silverwater Jail after serving two years for his involvement in Hong Kong racing's tips-for-bets scandal.[2] [3]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ITH, Report: Australian champion jockey Chris Munce to serve sentence in Sydney
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph (30 October 2008). "Jockey Chris Munce freed from Silverwater Jail". The Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ Daily Telegraph (30 October 2008). "Cathy Munce: Best Christmas present ever". The Daily Telegraph.