Maturity A Key Factor For Heathcote Stayer

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Stoutly bred gelding Snob has gone from stable fool to a possible staying star in the space of one campaign.

Monaco Snob will be chasing his third straight win in the Hotspot Handicap (2200m) at the .

Trainer won the staying race at last week with and he also rates Monaco Snob as a Saturday-class horse.

Heathcote's wife Vicki is the major share holder in who cost only $24,000 as a yearling and has already won four races.

“To put it frankly when he came into the stables he was a fool. He could do nothing right,” Heathcote recalled.

“But all along I felt once the penny dropped you would see a pretty good stayer once he got out to 2200 metres on a big track.”

“He was an impressive winner at the Sunshine Coast in midweek company and I see no reason he can't step up to Saturday grade,” Heathcote said.

“He is by Monaco Consul and they get better with age and he is a case in point.”

Heathcote has not ruled out a tilt at the $1 million with Monaco Snob in January.

“I have paid up for him but it is a big step. We will see,” he said.

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