He’s still got it! Alan Munro rides first stakes winner in South Korea

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Alan Munro: first stakes winner in South Korea at Seoul racecourse on Sunday. Photo: KRA

By Jon Lees

South Korea: Derby-winning jockey Alan Munro rode his first stakes winner since relocating to Seoul when he won the SROA Trophy at LetsRun Park – also known as Seoul racecourse – in the South Korean capital on Sunday.

Munro, 53, steered Generous to victory at Epsom in 1991. He last rode in Britain in 2011 but has continued to ride successfully in the Far East.

The SROA Trophy, a local G3, featured some of the nation’s top sprinters but it was the only three-year-old in the field East Jet, under Munro, who overcame a wide draw to get the better of the Eoma Eoma and Moon Se-young by just under a length.

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East Jet was Munro’s 67th winner since he debuted in South Korea in February 2019. That followed spells riding in Japan, Mauritius and Singapore. He had only recently returned to action after breaking his wrist.

As Prince Fahd Salman’s retained jockey, Munro won the Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on the Paul Cole-trained Generous.

He took a break from the sport after riding in Hong Kong returning for a second spell in Britain where he enjoyed big-race successes with the likes of Sergeant Cecil, winner of the Northumberland Plate, Ebor and Cesarewitch in 2005, and Araafa, winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas and St James’s Palace Stakes in 2006.

The day’s feature race at Seoul was won by Dia Road, who established herself at the top of the filly and mare division by taking out the Ttukseom Cup (Korean G2), beating perennial champion Silver Wolf for the second consecutive time, under jockey Kim Yong-geun.

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