Kendrick has big-race ambitions for Rancho Montoya, who is a son of champion sire High Chaparral from the Group 1-winning mare Isolda, whose claim to fame was beating Octagonal in the 1995 Champagne Stakes.
Isolda has had nine winners from 11 foals to race, with Hobart Cup (G3) winner Bid Spotter her best to date. Kendrick is hoping Rancho Montoya can trump Bid Spotter’s feats, but whether it’s this spring or next year remains to be seen.
“This race was the one that was going to tell us what happens next,” Kendrick said. “If we go south, the race I am looking at is the Caulfield Classic (2000m, October 21). But I have to keep in mind it’s only his first campaign and I want to look after him.”
Jockey Robbie Fradd, who was successful on the colt on Saturday, said Rancho Montoya is showing no signs of training off yet, but whether he is ready for a southern trip remains to be seen.
“He is coping with (the long preparation), but I’ve got no doubt he’s going to be a superior horse in 6-8 months’ time,” Fradd said. “That was only his fourth start and he’s still got so much to learn. I think he’s going to be better with cut in the ground, but he’s a very nice horse regardless and he will run 2000m easily.”
Former Kiwi mare My Diamantine earned herself a shot at the Newcastle Cup after breaking a long run of outs over the mile. My Diamantine performed with distinction at the latter end of the winter carnival, placing in the Caloundra and Queensland Cups.
Despite having not won for 666 days, punters found her at longer odds on Saturday, firming from a morning quote of better than $20 to run $10. Larry Cassidy guided the mare along the rails and she gunned down well-backed favourite Sheiswhatsheis.
Trainer Brian Smith immediately flagged his intention to make a tilt on the Newcastle Cup, a race he won in 2006 with Bikkie Tin Blues.
Putting on the Snitz pays off for punters
SNITZ left a couple of reputations dented and justified a strong betting move to win the 3YO Handicap at Doomben.
Snitz firmed from $5.50 to $4.40 at one stage of betting, before easing to start $4.80 after heavy support rolled in for I Am Impinge. The Matt Dunn-trained Snitz had to do it tough from barrier 12 last time, but Robbie Fradd had him in the box seat from the outset.
“It was an enormous run last time. He covered ground against a decent field and still ran second,” Fradd said. “I had no doubts he was good enough to win this race and everything came into place. He’s a great little trier. “
Fradd also sent a get well message to part-owner Jim Kennedy, who hasn’t been in the best of health. Like earlier winner Rancho Montoya, Snitz boasts impressive parentage. He is a son of champion sire Snitzel from the former top Melbourne mare Tickle My.
Kelly Schweida said he would press on with a Sydney campaign for Cellargirl, who again settled a long way off the speed before running home strongly for second.
I Am Impinge had a tough run facing the breeze throughout, but jockey Jeff Lloyd said the son of I Am Invincible was still his own worst enemy. “I couldn’t get cover and he wouldn’t come back to me,” Lloyd said. “He just didn’t help himself.”
James Orman turned in a polished display to land the final event on easing favourite Manias ($3-$3.50).
Money rolled in for Sabkhat ($4.80-$3.80) to break a long run of outs, but when Orman was able to settle Manias in a trailing position behind the leaders off a potentially tricky gate, he was always going to be hard to beat.
“I actually think he’s better ridden a touch quieter than that,” Orman said. “If I’d ridden him a pair further back I think you would see a more devastating turn of foot.”
It was a winning double for Rob Heathcote after stayer Ingeegoodbe saluted.
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