Quest For More (nearside) gets the better of Vazirabad
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 3:40PM 1 OCT 2016
Report: France, Saturday
Chantilly: Qatar Prix du Cadran (Group 1) 2m4½f, 4yo+
GEORGE BAKER impressed as the versatile Quest For More stormed from last to first to win the Prix du Cadran and secure a first Group 1 victory.
Baker had claimed the plaudits for an excellent front-running ride on Roger Charlton’s stayer in the Lonsdale Cup at York, but he employed completely different tactics here by settling his mount in last.
Last year’s victor Mille Et Mille took the field round for much of the marathon trip, but there was to be no repeat shock victory, as the six-year-old’s challenge faded entering the straight.
Favourite Vazirabad struck the front approaching the final furlong but Baker and Quest For More swooped down the outside to prevail.
Baker had faith his mount’s ability from the rear of the field and he joked: “Mr Charlton was probably throwing things at the TV!”
“He didn’t really travel with his normal fluency today but I trusted him. We were a long way back when we turned in but I knew he would stay on well. He’s a model of consistency.”
Alain de Royer-Dupre, trainer of Vazirabad, said: “The winning trainer asked me at the sales the other day what I thought the ground would be and now I know why he wanted to know!
“He has run well and he didn’t crack at the end of the race but ran all the way to the line. He did lug to his right and I don’t know why but he certainly finished his race off.”
Bookmakers were sufficiently impressed by the manner of Quest For More’s victory, with Coral and William Hill going 8-1 (from 12) for the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day at Ascot.
Potemkin coming clear of the field to land the Prix Dollar
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Also at Chantilly on Saturday
Qatar Prix Dollar (Group 2), 1m2f, 3yo+
POTEMKIN landed a blow for Germany when winning the Prix Dollar under Eduardo Pedroza for trainer Andreas Wohler.
The five-year-old, who was successful at Group 3 level in his home country earlier in the season, came with a surging run down the centre under Gregory Benoist to deny Heshem and the fast-finishing favourite Zarak, whose challenge came all too late and never looked like landing a telling blow.
Of the British contingent Yorker set a strong early pace for William Haggas but could not sustain his effort in the closing stages, while the James Fanshawe-trained Arthenus was never involved.