Monaco Reigns Supreme
New Zealand businessman and philanthropist Owen Glen’s three-year-old colt Monaco Consul, raced by jockey Corey Brown, has won the $A1.5 million Victoria Derby at Flemington, one of the most prestigious races in Australia. Monaco Consul is trained by Michael Moroney, who trained Second Coming to win the Derby in 1997 and who also has stables in Matamata. “We trained [Monaco Consul] in the English style and sent him out with a pacemaker a few times and it worked,” Moroney said. “He hadn’t raced for a month but he has had some very good gallops and eats really well. He has such a good turn of foot and when Corey went for him he put it beyond doubt.” The 2500m of the Victoria Derby is regarded as the toughest test for early three-year-olds, but Monaco Consul made it look simple when he and jockey Corey Brown ranged up and went past Extra Zero to beat him by a length.