Trainer Anthony Cummings has been understandably thrilled with Montaigne’s rise to prominence this season and has revealed he is considering accepting into the field for Saturday’s 2016 The BMW (2400m) with the three-year-old.
Jumping from the gates well in last weekend’s Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Montaigne settled into a good position off pace before mounting an impressive last charge to finish a close second behind the Mick Price-trained Tarzino.
With Tarzino confirmed to progress to the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on Day 1 of The Championships and the particularly favourable treatment given to three-year-olds in terms of weight, Cummings told AAP he is seriously considering The BMW for Montaigne.
“There’s no Tarzino in the BMW,” Cummings said.
“The BMW is as good an option as the Derby but running in it would not necessarily rule the Derby out.
“All things are possible.
“It really depends on him but he has come out of the race as well as he ever has.”
Montaigne immediately stamped himself as one to follow when second in the Schweppes Maiden Plate (1100m) on debut on January 7th before breaking through for a maiden race win in the More Than Just Winning Maiden (1400m) a fortnight later.
Repeating the dose in the Colin Tidy Tribute (1600m) on February 6th, the Road To Rock gelding made a competitive transition to black type company when third in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 20th.
Unlucky to be blocked for a run rounding onto the straight in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 5th, Montaigne made up plenty of ground on a talented field late to hit the line a credible fifth.
The 2016 The BMW final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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