Munro has found key to Chloride and her name’s Leah
THE real Chloride has re-emerged this year and trainer Liam Munro expects him to continue his top form in today’s Benchmark 65 Handicap (1610m) at Grafton.
The six-year-old has won his past two races after struggling to win in the previous 18 months.
And a lot of it had to do with his racing pattern.
“He was a completely different entity a few preparations ago when he was ridden a different way,” Munro said.
“A few jockeys were trying to take a hold of him and were trying to make him do what they wanted him to do and his best runs have been when he can roll along at his own tempo and be allowed to dictate.
“You’ve got to let him find his own feet. His greatest asset is his cruising speed then he can still run home in under 35 seconds, so he’s got half a sprint left.” It’s been apprentice Leah Kilner who has been on him at his past two starts and she’s out to continue that perfect association today from barrier five.
Munro’s backing her to take him to the front again or, at worst, sit behind the leader and get the job done for the first time over the distance.
“She’s ridden him better than anyone and with 56.5kg she’ll squeeze everything she can out of him,” Munro said. “He’s far better than he ever was.”
Munro said, while the wins over 1300m and 1410m have been impressive, he feels Chloride is destined for a much longer trip.
“He’s really impressed me since that last win,” he said. “He galloped with a speedy filly the other day and he held her at bay so that’s a good sign for a horse we hope will get out to 2000m or even 2400m.’’