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 www.theinformant.co.nz
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
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.