The Chris Waller-trained Montauk booked a trip to Flemington to compete on Derby Day after winning the City Tattersalls Club Spring Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Ridden confidently by apprentice Rory Hutchings, Montauk ($4.20) trailed a moderate tempo before giving chase into the straight, wearing down the Paul Perry-trained Gone To Paris to prevail by 1-1/4 lengths.
Lieder ($4 fav) battled into third for the John O’Shea stable, beaten 2-1/4 lengths.
“Before the race we decided the best of our three runners would head to Melbourne for the Carbine Club,” Waller’s stable foreman Liam Prior said.
“The way he hit the line over the final 100 (metres) today suggests that the open spaces of Flemington will suit him.”
Despite finishing fourth beaten almost three lengths, the Waller stable will also consider sending Encosta Line down to contest the $200,000 Group III Carbine Club on October 31.
The Carbine Club Stakes is traditionally the first race conducted on Derby Day and was won last year by the Chris Waller-trained Kermadec.
Kermadec has since won the Group I Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group I George Main Stakes (1600m) and is a $6 chance with Sportsbet for the 2015 Group I Cox Plate. – Racenet.com