Munro has found key to Chlo­ride and her name’s Leah

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

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.’’

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