Munro keen to build on Dream return

Alan Munro wants to rekindle the glory days with Peter Chapple-Hyam after making a victorious return to British racing at Lingfield.

Alan Munro wants to rekindle the glory days with Peter Chapple-Hyam after making a victorious return to British racing at Lingfield.

The Newmarket handler did his old ally a turn as General Blucher initiated a dream comeback for Munro, who had been out of action for 18 months.

Munro is now hoping he and Chapple-Hyam, who trains and owns General Blucher, can pick up where they left off before his enforced absence.

“It’s nice to do it in Pete’s colours,” said Munro, who won the 1991 Derby on the Paul Cole-trained Generous.

“Pete and I are good friends, we’ve supported each other and that will continue. Some owners have different associations with other riders and that’s completely fine.

“Pete and I don’t have a formal agreement, we just have a friendship.

“When he needs to put me on and take me off he does so. It works really well like that, there are never any problems.”

Munro had been sidelined for year and a half due to health problems but last month was given the go-ahead to return by the British Horseracing Authority.

Having had his licence reissued, the jockey was immediately back into the groove when his only mount of the day landed the odds in the Bet Champions League – Betdaq Maiden Stakes.

Munro, who last week rode in France where he secured a winner on Friday, stole a yard from Hawk House at the head of affairs turning for home.

Once that rival downed tools inside the final furlong, the 8-11 favourite was kept up to his work to repel the slightly unfortunate Smooth Sovereign by three-quarters of a length.

“It felt a bit rough towards the end because he kept going left and right,” said Munro.

“It was a bit awkward but I’m just pleased to back. When he went past the line it was a great feeling.”

While delighted at making a winning return, Munro remains philosophical about the future.

He does, however, intend to tune up for the start of the Flat season by riding on the all-weather circuit during the next few months.

“I hope to keep busy on the all-weather and I’ll just have to see what the opportunities are like,” he said. If opportunities come I will be pleased, and if they don’t I’ll understand.

“I’ll just do my best.”

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