Quinton gets nostalgic about Monton

Feb 21, 2014

RonQuinton took a trip down memory lane before deciding to run Monton in the Cyren Restaurant & Bar Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

 Monton was assured of a start in Saturday's feature event, the Group II Apollo Stakes, run under weight-for-age conditions.

 But Quinton took the benchmark 95 option meaning his charge would carry 63kg over the gruelling Randwick mile.

 "This race reminds of the old welter handicaps,"Quinton said.

 "Horses would win those races with huge weights because the ones on the limit were so far inferior that no weight relief mattered."

 Monton boasts a rating of 103 while the highest rated horse on the limit, Knead The Dough has a rating of 76.

 Under a true weight scale, Monton should be giving Knead The Dough 13.5kg yet only concedes him 7kg on Saturday.

 "And don't forget we get another 1.5kg off for Sam's (Clipperton) claim," he said.

 The former jockey turned trainer described the modern-day view of weights as "a bit precious" before making his final case on his race selection.

 "Granted some horses notice the weight more than others but I reckon you've got to find out what they can carry before steering clear of certain races," he said.

 "At the end of the day I had the option of giving a horse (Our Desert Warrior) that's won a benchmark 69 handicap 6kg or amultiple Group I winner (Appearance) 2kg.

 "I thought it was a pretty easy choice."