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Munce Leaves Jail Today After 640 Days Behind Bars
Former Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Chris Munce will "stroll through the gates of Sydney's Silverwater Jail today to freedom after 2 lonely years behind bars" (following the tips-for-best scandal in Hong Kong) reported The Daily Telegraph. Munce, 39, has "vowed to return to race riding & is expected to apply to Racing NSW for a jockey's licence immediately". Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys said his request "would be favourably considered", noting: "The Hong kong stewards inquiry has not laid any charges against Chris Munce. He's not suspended or disqualified. Any reasonable person would suggest his 2 years in jail was a more than adequate penalty." And leading trainer Gai Waterhouse (who visited Munce in jail) confirmed: "Chris will come back & ride for me. It's great news that he will soon be back in the land of the living."