The Road To Victory Occured At Hawkesbury

Mar 09, 2016

Off the back of a 19 week break, and also having the ‘gear change’ of being a gelding, four-year-old Road To Shangri La went to Hawkesbury on Tuesday for Race 2: Pacific West Foods Australia Handicap over 1400m.

Having won first-up in the past, when actually on debut as a three-year-old, the money came for the Mitchell Bell ridden runner to suggest he could play a part in the finish of the six-horse field.

Jumping away well from the gate, Bell allowed Road To Shangri La to settle back in the field, in fact six or seven lengths from Tale Of Dreams who had the lead from Local Affair who sat to its outside.

While the leading quartet went many lengths clear, leaving Road To Shangri La lengths astern, Bell always had his mount traveling sweetly, and with the home turn approaching he urged his runner towards the outside of the pack where he began to make his run.

Turning the widest runner in the field, Bell asked Road To Shangri La for an effort and he knuckled down extremely well to chase down the leaders and record a strong win.

Scoring by a half-neck from Tale Of Dreams, there was a further length and a quarter back to the third placed Local Affair.

Now the winner of two starts, both over 1400m, there is plenty of scope for improvement. With his sire Road To Rock, who was also trained by the Anthony Cummings stable, winning over 2000m at Group 1 level, there is no reason to think Road To Shangri La won't appreciated further in distance now that he has matured.

“Much like he won at his first start, he sat back early and was too strong for them late, the same again today," stated Cummings.

“Hopefully now as a gelding he will deliver on that early promise.”

“This guy was the start of the Montaigne story..based on the promise he (Road To Shangri Lad) had shown I went looking for another Road To Rock.”

Montaigne, a recent fifth in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas behind Le Romain is one of the leading chances in the market for the upcoming Group 1 ATC Derby and will likely next start in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).