Dylan Dunn riding Zunbaqa at Flemington in 2016.
Dylan Dunn riding Zunbaqa at Flemington in 2016. Vince Caligiuri

Health issues force champion apprentice to retire at 22

RACING: Last year's champion Melbourne apprentice Dylan Dunn has quit riding due to weight problems.

Dunn, 22, said he had been contemplating the move for sometime and believed it was in the best interest of his health.

Dunn suffered with glandular fever earlier this year and hadn't ridden since January 7.

"Coming back from glandular fever was proving hard and I was going to struggle to get my weight down so rather than make my health suffer again I thought it was a good time to stop," Dunn said.

"I wanted to walk away on a high and also I wanted to do the right thing by my health and also I'm young enough to set myself up for my future.

"Retiring definitely wasn't on the cards until I got glandular fever."

Dunn didn't start riding until he was 19 and that was in South Australia after Racing Victoria knocked him back.

"They refused to give me a licence as they thought my health would suffer as I was too tall but it was just something I was determined to do," he said.

Dunn said if the weight scale was raised in the future he would consider a comeback.

Dunn is the son of top jockey Dwayne and he said riding against his father was one of his career highlights.

Dunn is 178cm and he said before he started riding he was 67kg.

"Dad is 173cm and I'm built a bit differently. I'm glad I did it and I've got some great memories but my health would continue to suffer if I continually had to waste to ride," he said.

Dunn rode 130 winners, of which 46 were in Melbourne.

He rode two Group 3 winners, including last year's Easter Cup on Leebaz.

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