Stoutly bred gelding Monaco Snob has gone from stable fool to a possible staying star in the space of one campaign.
Heathcote's wife Vicki is the major share holder in Monaco Consul 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 Magic Millions Trophy with Monaco Snob in January.
“I have paid up for him but it is a big step. We will see,” he said.