God’s Own sprinter, Man of Money, got the money at Doomben yesterday and jockey, Chris Munce – according to the Courier Mail – had a bit riding on the result!
Chris Munce is generally unflappable regardless of how big the occasion, but he admitted to some uneasy moments near the finish of the first race at Doomben yesterday.
He may have been successful in races such as the Melbourne Cup, Golden Slipper and Stradbroke, but even a midweek race brings its own pressure when the senior owner is your wife.
Munce’s wife Cathy races Man Of Money with long-term family friend Peter Goedhart.
There was some pressure on Munce and the gelding’s trainer Peter Hulbert to land the win and all looked cosy at the 100m with Man Of Money ($3.10 second favourite) well clear, but runner-up Stargrill Boy staged a late surge to cut the margin to a rapidly dwindling head.
Despite the small margin, Munce can see some upside to Man Of Money.
“Even though he is officially a four-year-old, he is a long way off being at his best yet,” Munce said.
“He’s been a slow maturing type and I think he will keep improving, especially when he learns to settle better in his races.
“He was getting a bit tired at the finish but it was his first run since June and he went pretty hard in front.
“I was pretty relieved to finally get him home. There was some pressure on. Cathy doesn’t like losing.”
Cathy comes from a racing family - her father Barry Mitchell trained a small team at Doomben for many years - and she has held a share in horses going back almost 20 years.
Magic Millions winner Brave Warrior was one of her first racehorses.