Master Montaro has justified a lofty purchase price with a stylish victory at Geelong and is set do his future racing in Hong Kong.
The three-year-old son of Toronado was purchased for $1.5 million following his debut win for Richard Laming at Pakenham in March.
Unfortunately for his new connections Master Montaro did not receive a high enough rating in that victory to go straight to Hong Kong, but Friday’s three-length win at Geelong against older horses will be enough for the gelding to race in Hong Kong.
Now in the hands of the Lindsay Park stable of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Master Montaro will race for David Hayes when the trainer makes the move to Hong Kong next month.
Lindsay Park stable spokesman JD Hayes said Master Montaro would be spelled before being sent to Hong Kong.
“The race set up well for him with a really hot tempo up in front and it was good to see him close out and have quite a polished win,” Hayes told racing.com.
“He was well-placed today and after this he’s going straight home, out of work into a nice paddock to get ready to be shipped off to Hong Kong.”