Thoroughbred News reports that King Montrose (NZ) has claimed his ninth race victory, his first at stakes level, in the $100,000 Group 3 Lindauer Stewards Stakes (1200m) at Riccarton on Wednesday.
Trained and part-owned by Neill Ridley, King Montrose (King’s Chapel
x Dorrington) ran a tough race for third in Saturday’s Listed Pegasus Stakes behind Princess Katie, racing just off the pace and staying on well in the final stages.
The Group 3 saw King Montrose dictate terms out in front under jockey Hayden Tinsley and he proved too tough for a good field of horses, beating the late-finishing Vincent Mangano (No Excuse Need) and Group 2 winning sprinter Durham Town (Falkirk) by one-and-a-quarter lengths.
Trainer Neill Ridley was thrilled with the result, rating the win as one of his best as a trainer.
“This result is right up there for me,” commented Ridley. “We weren’t overly confident coming into today’s race but the rain has certainly helped, we had a good barrier and a good jockey.”
“The horse loves racing on the pace, he is an easy horse to ride and he loves Riccarton so it’s a great result.”
Bred by Rodney Schick, Steve Till & Windsor Park Stud, King Montrose was purchased by WE Jeffries Ltd from Windsor Park Stud at New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2007 National Weanling Sale for $26,000.
He was later offered in Timberlee Thoroughbreds’ draft at the 2008 Karaka Select Sale where he was purchased by his trainer Neill Ridley for $25,000.
Raced by Neill Ridley with Bill Rutherford, King Montrose has taken his record to nine wins from 27 starts, six of which have come at Riccarton, for just shy of $150,000 in stakes.
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