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Options remain open for Montoya's Secret

Troy Corstens will wait until later in the week before deciding whether Montoya's Secret heads to Sydney for the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes.

Options remain open for Montoya's Secret

Troy Corstens will wait until later in the week before deciding whether Montoya's Secret heads to Sydney for the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes.

Troy Corstens.
Troy Corstens. Picture:Racing and Sports

The weather is Sydney will have a bearing on whether up-and-coming filly Montoya's Secret makes an interstate trip to run in the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill.

Co-trainer Troy Corstens said on Monday it was probably "70-30" in favour running in the Vinery on Saturday but he also has the three-year-old nominated for Friday night's Group Three Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley and two other Victorian races this weekend.


Montoya's Secret was a 4-1/2 length winner over 1600m at Moonee Valley in a benchmark-64 for fillies on March 13 after breaking her maiden by three lengths at Pakenham.

Rosehill was rated a Heavy 10 for the Golden Slipper meeting on Saturday and Melbourne-based Corstens will be monitoring the weather and track conditions this week.

"If it was a soft track I'd say 100 per cent we're coming up but I'm very mindful that I don't really want to bottom her out on a heavy track," Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father Leon, said.

"It's obviously a monumental jump from a benchmark 64 at Moonee Valley on a Monday to a Group One, then add on top of that a heavy track and also a float trip to Sydney.

"I've just got to weigh all that up and decide whether it's worth having a crack or whether we just stay down here."

Corstens said Montoya's Secret was a filly with "a good deal of talent" and he was likely to accept with her for the Vinery and the Alexandra Stakes and make a call on Thursday.

Noel Callow would ride the filly in the Vinery, which has 20 nominations.

The Chris Waller-trained pair of Foxplay and Dawn Wall occupy the top two lines of betting for the Vinery at $4.60 and $6 respectively in an early market.

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