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Refreshed Grylls keen for action
20 Jul 2016

Craig Grylls has returned from the longest holiday of his decade-long career refreshed and keen to resume race riding at New Plymouth on Saturday.

Grylls and his Swedish-born wife Milou, who he married in February, spent five weeks abroad, with most of that time in Sweden as well as a week in Ireland.

“It was a good chance to meet members of Milou’s family who couldn’t make it out for the wedding,” Grylls told www.theinformant.co.nz between trackwork riding duties at Matamata this morning. “Most of Milou’s family live in the Stockholm area but her grandmother lives up in the north of the country, so it was good to travel up there and meet her.

“I didn’t see the northern lights but I did get to see the midnight sun. It was quite amazing with 24-hour daylight way up north there.”

Grylls has ridden 57 winners in the season to date, not a match for his best tally of 78 in 2012-13 but still pleasing and the sixth time his mounts’ stake-earnings have topped $1 million.

“Things went a bit quiet just after Christmas for a while but I got going again,” the 26-year-old said. “It was good to win the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes on Gold Rush on my home track.

“That was a Group Two, my best win for the season, and I’m hoping to get back on her for the good fillies’ races in the spring.”

For the meantime, Grylls will return to raceday action at New Plymouth on Saturday, with Opunake Cup candidate Kindaleica amongst engagements already confirmed.

“I’m fresh and keen to get back into it,” added Grylls, who manages his own bookings. “Kindaleica should be a good ride. I won on him at New Plymouth earlier in his career and he felt good when I galloped him this morning.”

Dennis Ryan

The Informant