Milton Park stakes Guineas credentials

John Moloney's promising three-year-old Milton Park continued his progression to better races when he led throughout to win at Sandown.

MILTON PARK winning the Vale George Dore OAM Class 1 Handicap at Sportsbet Pakenham Synthetic in Pakenham, Australia.
MILTON PARK winning the Vale George Dore OAM Class 1 Handicap at Sportsbet Pakenham Synthetic in Pakenham, Australia. Picture: Racing Photos

The chances of starting Milton Park in the Australian Guineas moved a step closer when he made it two wins from two starts this campaign.

The John Moloney-trained three-year-old took his overall record to four wins from seven starts when he led throughout to land the 1400 metre three-year-old handicap at Sandown Hillside.

Moloney said Milton Park just continued to "do his thing" by winning races.

He said in the run, Milton Park's jockey Damien Oliver was just sitting on him holding him together comfortably.

"When he asked for the supreme effort he found it and went to the line nicely," Moloney said.

Moloney said Milton Park deserved a try at a better race such as the Group Three C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington over 1400 metres on February 13.

He believes the horse, who holds a nomination for the Australian Guineas, is looking for 1600 metres.

Oliver said Milton Park was suited by being able to lead as he was a big, free-going galloper.

"He's well suited in these types of races at this time of year and I think he can continue on his way," Oliver said.

Oliver agreed with Moloney that Milton Park would be suited stepping up to a mile.

Milton Park ($2.90 fav) held off Bella Tiara ($3) by 1-1/2 lengths with Still Be Friends ($11) another three-quarters of a length away.

Apprentice Lachie King and leading jockey Jamie Kah shared riding honours at Sandown with both celebrating a winning double.

King only had three rides and was successful on the first two, scoring aboard Kansino and King Magnus.

Kah took her tally of winners for the 2020/21 racing season to 49 with victories on Second Slip and Grinzinger Allee.