A Rosehill TAB Hwy Encounter Is Calling The Captain

Jun 30, 2017

Murwillumbah Trainer, Liam Munro, has a special horse in Call the Captain and has set off to Sydney in the hope of bringing home another Highway Race to Murwillumbah.

Call the Captain has only had the six runs for two wins and a terrific second a month ago when beaten just on a length by the exciting Zamex (Matt Dunn) in his first Highway attempt.

Liam Munro was excited about the step up to the 1800m around Rosehill on Saturday, “he can win, there is no doubt, he will run them along over the 1800m, he has the true stayers demeanor and will prove very difficult to beat.”

Munro went on to say that his last start at Ipswich in a Class 6 race was far better than it looks on paper when he was a victim of race tempo circumstances after knuckling down at the start of the race.

James Innes Jnr has been booked for the ride on Saturday and gave him his final work leading into the race on Friday morning and is well aware of what is required on Saturday.

(Call the Captain pictured with James Innes Jnr after his final workout at Rosehill in preparation for Saturday)

Liam Munro gave an insight into the preparation of a horse for the Highway race at Rosehill when you have to travel from the Queensland/NSW border of Murwillumbah to participate.

The preparation of any horse when traveling for a race meeting is very important, each horse is affected differently and can take several days to get back into a regular routine again. Munro said that Call the Captain is a very relaxed horse making the journey a lot easier.

The Tweed River Jockey Club in Murwillumbah provided special permission for access to the training facilities on the Sunday leading into the Highway Race on Saturday at Rosehill, providing every opportunity for the horse to keep his work up.

Munro left for Sydney on Tuesday afternoon traveling six hours to Port Macquarie where he worked on Wednesday morning before the 4 hour trip to Sydney, with Call the Captain having his final work at Rosehill with race day Jockey aboard this morning.

Munro went on to say that he is such a relaxed horse and his performance in Sydney at his first attempt at the Highway race, combined with the way he traveled and came through the whole exercise, convinced Munro that he replicate the same travel plan this time around.

Munro is preparing for the Highway on Saturday with a few options available for him depending on how Call the Captain comes through the run. Munro has been through the calendar and chalked a Class 6 2200m race on Ramornie Day at the Grafton Racing Carnival where he would come in nicely at the weights as a possibility, in saying that Munro has said a trip back to Sydney in another fortnight would not be out of the question either.

The Murwillumbah trainers have been in terrific form in recent weeks north and south of the border and there is no doubt the crew from Mooball and Burringbar and the Murwillumbah township in the Northern part of NSW will be cheering the Captain come race 4 at Rosehill on Saturday.

The Tweed River Jockey Club wishes Liam Munro and his team all the best in running and a safe trip home.