A TRIP across the Tasman is closer to reality following Tough Monarch’s victory at Tabcorp Park Melton during the weekend.
Considering a New Zealand campaign with the son of Monarchy, New South Wales trainer Rickie Alchin explained a decision about heading to the Shaky Isles will be made this week.
As it stands it is “more than likely” Tough Monarch will head over to contest the Dominion Trot in November.
“Nothing is set in concrete yet,” Alchin said. “We’re looking at the Dominion with him and after that win he is more than likely going to be taken over.
“He is in great form and just feels terrific, so it is the ideal time for him to go.
“If he does go we will leave in late October to be ready for the Dominion on November 11.”
Driven by local reinsman Chris Svanosio, Tough Monarch began quickly to lead from barrier four as the short priced favourite Tornado Valley worked at his wheel.
Fending off the initial challenge leaving the back straight, the trotter was untouched to score by seven-and-a-half metres from Kyvalley Blur, with Maori Law two-and-a-half metres away third.
Winner of his last four starts, the eight-year-old rated 1:54.4 over 1720 metres.
“I was confident with him before the race knowing how good he’s feeling, but you don’t go into a race thinking you’re going to beat Tornado Valley,” Alchin said.
“Once he led I felt he had them covered, but if you reverse the roles I don’t think he would sit outside Tornado Valley and win.
“That said, he is in a zone at the moment and that was another good run from him.”