Ron Quinton will press onto the 2014 Villiers Stakes Saturday week with his veteran galloper Monton despite the horse’s disappointing Festival Stakes effort last weekend in Sydney.
Catbird eight-year-old Monton contested his fourth consecutive Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on November 29, a race he won back in 2011, but could only manage to cross seven lengths away 11th behind I’m Imposing.
Sam Clipperton had the ride aboard the $16 shot but Monton failed to fire with 60kg on his back from an awkward barrier 10 draw despite carrying 61.5kg the start before when second behind subsequent Festival Stakes third placegetter Strawberry Boy in the Listed Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at Hawkesbury.
While the Festival Stakes was an obvious write off, Quinton will continue with plans to run in the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on December 13 hopeful of improvement with a better barrier.
“I think you can just put the pen through his effort,” Quinton told TVN on Tuesday.
“It all just worked out badly from his wide barrier, he kept having to go further and further back and he doesn’t like racing that way.
“It was nothing against how Sam rode him, it was just circumstances.
“He has come through the run in good order so we will still press on to the Villiers.”
In other Villiers Stakes news, top senior hoop Glyn Schofield is booked to ride Rhythm To Spare jumping off his Festival Stakes ride to partner the Michael Moroney-trained gelding.
Schofield rode Chris Waller’s grey gelding Multilateral to a sixth in the Festival Stakes but won’t stick with him for the Group 2.
Instead he jumps aboard Pins five-year-old in the Randwick features, the gelding last seen running a close fourth to Zabisco in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m) at Sandown-Hillside on November 15.
Damian Lane had the ride that day with Rhythm To Spare defeated only 1.2 lengths in a race that has produced a livewire chance for the $500,000 Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) in Perth on Saturday – Gai Waterhouse’s narrow runner-up Pheidon.
Schofield’s son Chad rode Rhythm To Spare the run before when outclassed in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), the horse pulling up lame after the race following a distant 12th behind Hucklebuck.
Schofield Senior meanwhile has his first ride on the galloper in the Villiers Stakes and is excited for the Sydney Summer Racing Carnival showdown.
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