Montiridge is part of an extremely strong group of three-year-olds of 2013 housed at the Wiltshire yard of trainer Richard Hannon – Sky Lantern, Toronado and Olympic Glory are all stablemates of the same age.
A son of the 1998 German 1000 Guineas runner-up, Elegant Ridge, Montiridge cost £55,000 at the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales.
He was soon repaying that investment, winning two of his three juvenile starts and finding only Trading Leather, the subsequent Irish Derby winner and dual QIPCO British Champions Series race runner-up, too good in the other.
A shock defeat at Windsor on his three-year-old reappearance meant that he missed out on a chance to contest the Irish 200 Guineas, but Montiridge got his season back on track by landing a Sandown Listed race and then was most unfortunate, having been hampered at a crucial stage, to go down by a head to Gale Force Ten in the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.
A second Listed win (at Newmarket) and an inaugural Pattern Race success, in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood, followed.
A poor post-race scope explained his defeat as the odds-on favourite in the Group 3 Superior Mile at Haydock Park in early September and he bounced back three weeks later to chase home the brilliant South African colt, Soft Falling Rain, on his QIPCO British Champions Series debut in the Nayef Joel Stakes, his final start of the 2013 season.
He started 2014 in the Group 2 Bet365 Mile at Sandown Park and finished second to Tullius on ground that was probably softer than ideal for him. Then he went to the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and after making most of the running, dropped out tamely to finish last.
He was then dropped back to sprinting, running at Windsor over six furlongs but could never land a blow, finishing 10th of 14 runners. Next he contested the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes but could only finish 12th of the 14 runners.