Muniandy back in the saddle
Shankar Muniandy, the senior jockey for White Robe Lodge, returned to North Taieri yesterday after six weeks on leave in his homeland of Malaysia.
Muniandy rode a winner at Penang during that time.
He has the mounts on Harry Hill and Contador at Oamaru on Sunday. Harry Hill, a winner over hurdles at Washdyke last Friday, is racing over 2200m on the flat. The Danzighill gelding has had a second and a third over 2200m in flat races at Oamaru this winter.
Harry Hill, the namesake of a British comedian, is raced by co-trainer, Shane Anderton and his wife, Sharon with Kylie Batten, who formerly worked for the stable. She is now pursuing a career with the New Zealand Police.
Harry Hill was bred by the Andertons from Extra Happy, a Happy Fella mare who won five races when trained by Russell McKay, then based at Gore.
The Graham Tippett-trained Contador has been minor placed in five of his last six starts.
Toni Direen, an apprentice with the Anderton stable, said she would sign on for another six months when her apprenticeship is complete early in September.
''I will sign on again to ride out my claim,'' said Direen. She has ridden 81 winners and can claim one kilogram until she reaches 99.
The 20-year-old will continue her association with Agnus Brown at Oamaru. She rode Agnus Brown to a last start win at Wingatui on June 25. The Joanne Hillis-trained Agnus Brown has won two of her last three starts, both on her home track. She looked bright at the track yesterday morning.
Ridley has been back in work for three weeks with Hillis. Ridley has had a win operation since he last raced in October, finishing fourth in the Coupland's Mile Trial at Riccarton.
He went from maiden to win an open handicap at Wingatui in the space of three months the previous season.
Include, winner of the Dunedin and Southland Guineas this season, has resumed work with Brian and Shane Anderton. Include was put aside after finishing third to Madam Victoria and Porotene Park in the Warstep Stakes (2000m) at Riccarton in April.
The Southland Times