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Grylls scores Singapore contract
02 Jun 2017

Matamata jockey Craig Grylls is set to leave winter racing behind after being granted a three-month contract by the Singapore Turf Club.

While Grylls has yet to be directly contacted by STC officials, a statement posted yesterday on the club website confirmed the licensing decision.

“I applied for a three-month contract earlier in the year but hadn’t heard anything,” Grylls told this morning. “I was out duck shooting yesterday afternoon with a couple of mates and the first I knew was when I got a text from Sam Weatherley saying ‘good on you’.”

Grylls and his wife Milou have booked a week’s holiday in Tahiti from June 20, by which time he expects the necessary work permit and other arrangements to be completed.

“I’ve ridden in Australia and Macau, but this will be my first time in Singapore,” Grylls said. “It’s exciting to think I’ll be riding at Kranji – it’ll be warmer than New Zealand at this time of year too!”

Grylls, a third-generation member of Te Awamutu’s most famous jockey family, has found his niche since relocating to Matamata several years ago. At 27 his New Zealand career tally stands at 710 wins and he is enjoying another rewarding season with 61 wins, 10 of them at black-type level headed by the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic on Willie Cazals.