Monte Cristo surprises French jockey

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 January, 2009, 12:00am

Olivier Doleuze has been saying for some time that Monte Cristo wants 2,000 metres but after the gelding won at the first time of asking over the metric mile-and-a-quarter in the ninth event, the Frenchman said: 'He's done a good job, I got a bit further back than I thought but he's run on well and got there in time. I've thought he wants 2,000 metres but that was probably right - now I know, not one metre more,' he added with a laugh. Monte Cristo, who started favourite at $34.50, gave trainer Andreas Schutz a race-to-race double, having earlier landed the Stewards' Cup with champion Good Ba Ba, a former Doleuze mount until he was unseated in favour of Christophe Soumillon. 'He's not Good Ba Ba but it's a lot better than no winner at all. I am happy.'