Montaigne Ready for 2016 Randwick Guineas

March 1st, 2016

Trainer Anthony Cummings has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by Montaigne through his short racing career so far and is confident the horse has the ability to figure in Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

Trainer Anthony Cummings is pleased with Montaigne ahead of Saturday's 2016 Randwick Guineas. Photo: Daniel Costello

Trainer Anthony Cummings is pleased with Montaigne ahead of Saturday’s 2016 Randwick Guineas. Photo: Daniel Costello

Montaigne more than stamped himself as a colt to follow upon debuting to racing in January, but displayed his class when making a competitive transition to black type racing for third in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill a fortnight ago.

Montaigne was included amongst a list of twenty-one 2016 Randwick Guineas nomination on Monday and Cummings is confident the gelding has the potential to step-up towards the peak of his stable’s runners.

“If I had to name a horse I think can step up for the stable, it would be him,” Cummings told AAP.

“He is still relatively inexperienced but has a lot of ability.”

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Montaigne was unlucky to be checked leaving the barriers in the Schweppes Maiden Plate (1100m) first-up on January 7th but recovered well late to finish second.

Responding in the best way possible, the Road To Rock gelding produced a particularly impressive effort to beat a notable group of runners to the line in the More Than Just Winning Maiden (1400m) at Warwick Farm a fortnight later.

Having repeated the dose in the Colin Tidy Tribute BM78 (1600m) at Randwick on February 6th, Montaigne was allocated the ideal barrier 4 in the Hobartville Stakes but was settled within the field of thirteen after jumping only fairly.

Rounding onto the final straight wide and with plenty to do, Montaigne immediately responded when asked for an extra effort by jockey Jason Collett, savaging the line for third.

The 2016 Randwick Guineas final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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