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Derby Campaign for Classy Rancho Montoya

Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Promising Queensland 3YO Rancho Montoya will kick off his Classic campaign when he resumes over 1350m at Doomben on Saturday, reports racenet. Trainer Stuart Kendrick is confident that the well-bred colt, who is by High Chaparral out of former top-class filly Isolda (Sir Tristram), possesses the requisite talent and stamina to develop into a top stayer this preparation. "The race [on Saturday] is over 1350 metres and it is the perfect way for him to kick off. From there we can up his distances to 1600 and further," the Sunshine Coast-based Kendrick said. "He races like a stayer with his neck low and stretched out and he grinds to the line in his races." Such is Kendrick's opinion of Rancho Montoya that he has nominated the Australian Derby in the autumn and the Queensland equivalent in the winter as potential targets. "But there is a good way to go yet and we will just get over Saturday first," he said. Rancho Montoya is the last foal of Isolda who died in 2016. Isolda's class saw her defeat Octagonal to win the 1995 Gr1 Champagne Stakes in Sydney, and also placed multiple times at Group 1 level, namely in the AJC Sires' Produce Stakes (behind Octagonal), QTC Sires' Produce Stakes (behind Shame), QTC Castlemaine Stakes (behind Ravarda), and Australian Oaks (behind Kenbelle). Isolda's best progeny to date is Gr3 Hobart Cup winner Bid Spotter (Redoute's Choice).

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