Jay Ford will renew his association with Monton at Rosehill on Saturday as trainer Ron Quinton searches for an edge to return the sprinter to the winner’s stall.
Ford has ridden Monton twice in his 17-start career, highlighted by his victory in the 2010 Group Two Hobartville Stakes (1400m) in which he defeated subsequent Group One winners Shoot Out and Captain Sonador.
That win was at the forefront of Quinton’s mind when he booked Ford for the Rosehill Gardens Hcp (1350m).
“Jay rode three winners at Goulburn yesterday (Tuesday) so he’s in form,” Quinton said.
“He also rode this horse to his best win in the Hobartville.”
Monton was prepared by Tim Martin before being transferred to Quinton for his current campaign.
At his first start for the former top jockey, Monton was a fast-finishing third to Decision Time in the Group Three Concorde Stakes (1100m) at Warwick Farm.
He drew wide second-up and was never in the hunt, beating just one rival home in The Shorts (1200m) won by Love Conquers All.
“His first run for me was good. He always goes well fresh and that was no exception,” Quinton said.
“His next run wasn’t quite as good. It turned out to be a pretty hot race on the day, particularly when they run just over 1.08. He can’t run that time.
“But he’s had a nice, three-week break for this and he looks really well. He looks beautiful and he’s probably down in grade a bit.”
Quinton said Thursday’s barrier draw would be key to his chances.
“He needs to draw a good gate and get a smother,” he said.
Monton was one of 19 nominations for the 1350m event which has attracted some handy entries including the Peter Snowden-trained Erewhon who hasn’t raced since taking out the Group One Spring Champion Stakes last year.
The talented Somepin Anypin will be striving to bounce back from his last-start defeat as favourite, while Tie The Knot’s half-brother Hood, 2009 New Zealand Derby winner Coniston Bluebird and Winter Cup winner Legsman are other notable entries.
Miss Keepsake, the 2010 Queensland Oaks winner, heads weights for the Listed Angst Stakes (1400m) with 57kg.
Lonhro’s little sister Shannara, who will be striving to go one better than her second to Lovemelikearock in the race 12 months ago, is one of three nominations for Darley along with Screen and Quidnunc.