Monton 2011 Villiers Stakes winner

Punters who gambled late on Luxbet shortener Monton must had conceded defeat at the half way mark of the Group 2 $175,000 2011 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

While champion hoop Hugh Bowman had a stellar day with four winners, his win on Monton was more about the horse than the jockey.

Caught four wide without cover, Monton backed from $14 to $12 on Luxbet surged from the top of the straight and simply proved too good for his rivals in the 2011 Villiers Satkes.

The winner is trained by former great jockey Ron Quinton who won three Villiers in the saddle.

Bowman was apprentice to Quinton and named him the most important person in his racing life.

Erewhon Luxbet $14 chance, led with Zara Dancer Luxbet $15, and Viva Las Luxbet $26 three wide.

Miss Keepsake Luxbet $31 settled behind the trio and took over at the top of the straight.

Monton with Kontiki Park Luxbet $14, a length behind started the chase.

Monton took the lead at the 100m mark and Kontiki Park finished that length away in second.

King Lionheart Luxbet $14, should have finished closer in the 2011 Villiers Stakes.

He was held up for a run at the 300m and needed time to gather momentum.

He did his best work in the final 100m.

Gai Waterhouse trained both second and third placegetters in the 2011 Villiers Stakes.

Fancied runners Shadowfax Luxbet $6 was always well back, Lightinthenite Luxbet $5 had its chance but could sprint.

Fibrillation Luxbet $7.50 was midfield throughout and never looked the 2011 Villiers Stakes winner.

Bowman had previously described the move to Quinton’s stables as “the turning point of my life”.

“It means a lot,” he said.

Samantha Miss in Melbourne for Kris Lees, a great friend, and Racing To Win with John O’Shea, a great friend too.

“This is up there with those two because Ronny’s a great friend and a great mentor.

“It’s great that he’s got a good horse again and I’m delighted to be on it.”

Monton will be spelled and is likely to be set for the $1m Group 1 Doncaster Handicap on April 21.

Bowman now leads the Sydney jockeys’ premiership with 31 winners.

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Of $175,000.1st $105,000, 2nd $35,000, 3rd $17,500, 4th $8,750, 5th $3,500, 6th $1,750, 7th $1,750, 8th $1,750, Starter Subsidy $200 GROUP 2
Quality, Minimum Weight 52kg, Three-Years-Old and Upwards, Apprentices cannot claim.Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:36.33 Last 600m: 0:35.93 INTERIM RESULTS


Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 MONTON Ron Quinton Hugh Bowman 15 58kg $12
2 12 KONTIKI PARK (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Brenton Avdulla 1.3L 13 52kg $14
3 1 KING LIONHEART Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 1.4L 2 58kg $14
4 11 MISS KEEPSAKE (NZ) Joseph Pride Josh Adams (a) 1.7L 11 52kg $31
5 14 LIGHTINTHENITE John O’Shea Christian Reith 2.1L 7 52kg $5F
6 5 ALEXANDER OF HALES (USA) Chris Waller Peter Robl 2.9L 14 54kg $61
7 10 FIBRILLATION Tim Martin Corey Brown 4.6L 10 52kg $7.50
8 8 NEW DAY RISING Gary Portelli Chad Schofield (a) 4.7L 5 53kg $6.50
9 4 ALTERED BOY Chris Waller Danny Nikolic 6.4L 12 54.5kg $26
10 6 EREWHON Peter Snowden Tommy Berry 6.9L 8 54kg $14
11 13 TINDAL Wendy Roche Sam Clipperton (a) 7.4L 3 52kg $101
12 3 SHADOWFAX (NZ) Mark Kavanagh Glyn Schofield 10.5L 6 55kg $6
13 15 VIVA LAS Neville & Christopher Voigt Daniel Ganderton 11L 16 52kg $26
14 9 LEBRECHAUN Matthew Dale Brendan Ward 12.8L 4 52.5kg $41
15 16 WITHOUT COMPROMISE Kevin Moses Ms Kathy O’Hara 13L 1 52kg $41
16 7 ZARA DANCER (NZ) Jim & Greg Lee Adam Hyeronimus (a) 28.5L 9 54kg $15
19 STRAIGHT ALBERT Guy Walter scr 0
18 CODE WORD scr scr 0
17 MY DESTINY Con Karakatsanis scr 0