King Montrose showed a liking for home turf as he provided
the upset in the Stewards Stakes at Riccarton yesterday.
The 6-year-old gelding dominated the $100,000 group 3 race
over 1200m, leading for much of the race and holding off
Vincent Mangano by a length and a quarter.
Favourite Durham Town was third.
King Montrose (King's Chapel-Dorrington) took his record on
the course to 17 starts, six wins and five placings with the
win in 1min 9.23sec, paying $16.80.
Trainer and co-owner Neill Ridley, formerly of Oamaru, was
hardly confident in the horse in his first appearance over
the distance in two years.
"I didn't think he would be good enough," Ridley said.
"But we had a bit of rain, and a good draw and jockey
Hayden Tinsley had his second race ride on King Montrose, who
had finished third over 1000m in the Pegasus Stakes four days
before the Stewards Stakes.
Durham Town, the winner of six of his 14 starts going into
the race, finished strongly but had too much ground to make
• Wingatui gelding The Bodyguard grabbed a third placing from
his first six starts with a third in the maiden race over
1200m at Riccarton.
The Paul Richards-trained 4-year-old finished strongly and
was half a neck off second in his first race since May 15.