EXCITING staying prospect Rancho Montoya has provided trainer Stuart Kendrick and connections with a dilemma.
But it’s a good problem to have, with the decision being whether to chase Melbourne spring riches or wait for the Sydney autumn and Brisbane winter next year.
The well-bred three-year-old kept the possibility of a Melbourne trip on the table with a dominant win at his first attempt at the mile at Doomben on Saturday, September 2.
Ridden by Robbie Fradd, Rancho Montoya ($4) looked strong in winning a Class 3 (1616m) by a half- length.
“I will see how he does over the next week before making a final decision (on Melbourne),’’ said Kendrick.
Rancho Montoya now has two wins and two placings from four career starts.
His breeding – by High Chaparral out of Group 1-winning mare Isolda – suggests he’ll be even better over more ground.
“The Caulfield Classic over 2000m next month looks a perfect target for him,’’ Kendrick said.
“But I’m also mindful this is only his first preparation and I want to look after him as he’s an exciting proposition.”
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