Highfield Princess heads to the Breeders’ Cup stage with a rags-to-riches story |  horse racing

Highfield Princess heads to the Breeders’ Cup stage with a rags-to-riches story | horse racing

Highfield Princess heads to the Breeders’ Cup stage with a rags-to-riches story |  horse racing

A journey that began with a loss at Redcar in June 2020 could come to a glorious conclusion in Lexington, Kentucky on November 5 after Highfield Princess recorded their second Group One in the space of 12 days in the Nunthorpe Stakes here on Friday.

The John Quinn mare had spent most of her 29-race career competing over six and seven furlongs and opened her account at the highest level over six and a half furlongs at the Prix Maurice du Gheest in Deauville on August 7.

That was remarkable enough for a mare who was beaten with a grade of 57 in her first handicap two summers ago, but Highfield Princess took her form to a new level again here, dealing admirably with the ferocious early pace in a five furlongs trial. of sheer speed before overtaking second-seeded The Platinum Queen for the 200m pole.

He was two and a half lengths ahead of The Platinum Queen at the line, adding an additional £302,000 to his career earnings and, perhaps significantly, guaranteeing himself a place in the field for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. Sprint in Kentucky in early November.

“She didn’t run at two and it took her a long time to learn her trade,” Quinn said. “From France [last time], she has been absolutely fine, eating very well and bright as a button. I was not afraid to race her and she is a phenomenal mare. That’s winning and you’re in the Breeders’ Cup and that’s the plan. She is also in Foret and Abbaye [at Longchamp in early October] so everything is fine, it’s two more races. She is versatile and five and a half years around two laps. [at Keeneland] should suit her.

The Group Two Lonsdale Cup lost its most recognizable stars in the hours leading up to the match, as Stradivarius and then Trueshan, both Group One winners, were ruled out due to minor injury and fast ground respectively. However, in his absence, Quickthorn put on a memorable performance up front to beat his five remaining opponents by a wide margin, having been sent into a clear lead early on by Tom Marquand.

Tearaway leaders usually return to their field down the stretch, but it was clear from far away that Quickthorn still had a long way to go. By the time Marquand’s rivals caught on too, the race was over.

Quickthorn (right) takes the Lonsdale Cup.
Quickthorn (right) takes the Lonsdale Cup. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

“When racehorses go to the front like that, they’re dying three furlongs,” said Hughie Morrison, the Quickthorn trainer, “and in this case he obviously didn’t, he had won the race by four.

“I’m disappointed the other two didn’t show up. He is a five year old boy who is improving, he has probably improved a stone this year. [and] I certainly would have given them a run today, wouldn’t I? Noble Style was cut from 16-1 to 7-1 as second favorite for next year’s 2000 guineas by Paddy Power after making a lot of ground from off the pace to eliminate favorite Marshman in the closing stages of Group Two Gimcrack Stakes. .

“I see no reason why you shouldn’t stay a mile [in the Guineas]”, said Charlie Appleby, the trainer of the winners. “His pedigree of him suggests that he will get it for sure and he does everything very well.”

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With a first prize of £300,000, the Ebor Handicap at York on Saturday is worth more to the winner than several of the season’s Group One events and the sheer amount of cash on offer has also made it a huge target. for Irish stables in recent seasons.

Irish-trained horses have won four of the last eight Ebor races despite making up just 14% of the entrants, and three of the top five in stakes (Earl Of Tyrone, Okita Soushi and License) appear to have been trained with Saturday’s race in mind for many months.

Meanwhile, among the home-trained contingent, a first success at Ebor would be a huge boost to William Haggas’s challenge for the flat trainers championship, and both of his runners, Candleford and Gaassee, will hit the post with obvious chances on their handicap. this year. .

However, both have jumped up the weights significantly as a result of previous wins, while Joseph O’Brien Okita Sōshi (3.35) has been running flashy races with significantly less effect on his handicap mark.

His amateur jockey gave him plenty to do at Leopardstown last month and the form of his previous third two-length at Royal Ascot, a mark 2lbs lower than here, was stamped out when the winner won again next time. . His heist style is ideal for Saturday’s race, top trainee Mikey Sheehy sheds 3lbs and is the clear price pick at around 8-1.

Newton Abbot: 1.07 Pop The Champagne, 1.42 Lock’s Corner, 2.17 Hooper, 2.52 Romanor, 3.27 Faint Hope, 4.02 Byzantine Empire, 4.35 Al Zaraqaan.

York: 1.50 Cadillac, 2.25 Caius Chorister (nb), 3.00 Rohaan, 3.35 Okita Soushi (nap), 4.10 Summerghand, 4.45 Treasure Trove, 5.20 Phantom Flight.

Chester: 1.55 Frankness, 2.30 All The Time, 3.05 Loft, 3.40 Trumble, 4.15 Sampers Seven, 4.50 So Smart, 5.25 The New Marwan.

Sandown: 2.05 Nizaaka, 2.40 Defence Of Fort, 3.15 Global Esteem, 3.50 Migdam, 4.25 Cruise, 5.00 Urban Sprawl, 5.35 Impeach.

Lingfield: 4.40 Firenze Rosa, 5.15 Eurythmical, 5.50 Paddy Brunty, 6.20 Crown Bridges, 6.50 Raise The Roof, 7.20 Miss Sligo, 7.50 Stormbreaker.

Chelmsford: 4.51 Street Poet, 5.26 Rock Girl, 6.00 Royal Mariner, 6.35 Nanga Parbat, 7.05 Miss Bella Brand, 7.35 Maylah.

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Fast guide

Tips for Saturdays from Greg Wood

Show

Abbot of Newton: 1.07 Pop The Champagne, 1.42 Lock’s Corner, 2.17 Hooper, 2.52 Romanor, 3.27 Faint Hope, 4.02 Byzantine Empire, 4.35 Al Zaraqaan.

York: 1.50 Cadillac, 2.25 Caius Chorister (nb), 3.00 Rohaan, 3.35 Okita Soushi (nap), 4.10 Summerghand, 4.45 Treasure Trove, 5.20 Phantom Flight.

Chester: 1.55 Frankness, 2.30 All The Time, 3.05 Loft, 3.40 Trumble, 4.15 Sampers Seven, 4.50 So Smart, 5.25 The New Marwan.

Sandown: 2.05 Nizaaka, 2.40 Fort Defense, 3.15 Global Esteem, 3.50 Migdam, 4.25 Cruiser, 5.00 Urban Sprawl, 5.35 Impeach.

Linfield: 4.40 Firenze Rosa, 5.15 Eurythmical, 5.50 Paddy Brunty, 6.20 Crown Bridges, 6.50 Raise The Roof, 7.20 Miss Sligo, 7.50 Stormbreaker.

Chelmsford: 4.51 Street Poet, 5.26 Rock Girl, 6.00 Royal Mariner, 6.35 Nanga Parbat, 7.05 Miss Bella Brand, 7.35 Maylah.

Thank you for your comments.

York 1.50: A slight dip in travel might help Cadillac to pick up the winning thread in his third start after a big-money trade to up-and-coming trainer Kevin Philippart from Foy.

Sandown 2.05: Nizaaka he has progressed rapidly through the handicap ranks this summer and appears poised for this step into Group Three company.

York 2.25: the progressive Showgirl Caius he had more on hand than the margin might have suggested last time and might well do better for this step forward in the journey.

Sandown 2.40: fortress Defense, a convincing winner on his debut, he could be the choice of a very promising group of two-year-olds.

York 3.00: He is better known as a top speed handicapper, but Rohaan he has winning form over seven furlongs and wasn’t beaten much at the Group One level last time out, so the odds of around 6-1 seem too high.

York 4.10: summerghand he ran well after a bad draw at Ripon last time out and started off a much better pitch here.

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