Early 'worm flies for Kent

Trainer Mick Kent can certainly get a horse up and going early in their career, and he has another handy one on his hands in the form of Greyworm.

Formerly with leading Newcastle horseman Kris Lees, Greyworm won three trials north of the border under Lees' care, but as Kent explained, he now calls Cranbourne home.

"Kris Lees trained him - he was always for sale apparently," Kent said post-race.

"I think he was sold to Asia, a guy bought him to go to Asia, but I don't think he had the right permit.

"So he got left behind and he's here for the moment.

He added: "He's a very nice horse. He really lengthened stride, he's got good stamina - I'm sure he'll run a mile.

"He's still fairly backward, he's still going to improve more, but he's shown me plenty."

Kent said Greyworm is "at least Saturday grade, as a three-year-old at this time of year".

And if you liked that assessment of Greyworm's win, his fellow three-year-old debutant Al Khabeer, who went 0.66s quicker over the 1200m trip a race earlier for Lindsay Park and Shadwell Stud.

Although it is little surprise Al Khabeer has a bit of talent, his dam being 2006 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Rewaaya - who was placed a further four times at the top level in a high-flying career for Shadwell.

Meanwhile, Greyworm was Ethan Brown's 43rd metro winner of the season sees him keep a close eye on top two Damian Lane (47) and Craig Williams (46).

Greyworm was also Brown's 50th metro winner of his career, meaning he knocks his city claim down to 1.5kg - however he can still claim 2kg for the mid-week meeting at Ladbrokes Park Hillside.

Prominent at Mornington on Monday was the Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra stable, banking a double courtesy of Jeddah Aheadah and Josephine Sea.

The double saw them move to 24 city winners in Melbourne this season, edging into fourth ahead of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott (23) - and behind only Darren Weir, Lindsay Park and Mick Price.

Williams and Lane traded winners as well - Williams' coming in a dead-heat as he rode Reticent in the 2000m race, whose nose hit the line alongside The Thug (Fred Kersley).