Quest For More (leader) has developed into a high-class stayer
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By Scott Burton 7:30AM 1 OCT 2016
ROGER CHARLTON is hopeful that Chantilly will bring out the best in Lonsdale Cup winner Quest For More as he bids for a first Group 1 win in the Prix du Cadran.
The layout of Chantilly demands that France’s staying championship is run over an extra half a furlong compared to Longchamp, while a field composed almost 50 per cent of British-trained runners means this should be a real test.
Quest For More was beaten only four lengths in the Melbourne Cup last year and recently ran fine races at York and Doncaster, where he led for all but the final stride.
“He loves to travel, as we discovered in Australia, where he took the journey better than all the other imports,” said Charlton. “It’s a tough race and over two and a half miles we just hope there isn’t too much rain. His form is better than the other British horses, and Vazirabad is the one to beat.”
Vazirabad won the Prix Royal-Oak last autumn and has been unbeaten in staying races this year, meeting with defeat only in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud over 1m4f.
While trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre has no fears over the distance, he still has to prove he can deploy his decisive turn of foot at the end of such an extreme distance.
“He has plenty of stamina and the trip won’t be a problem,” insisted his trainer. “The trick with him is to come as late as possible. He needed the run last time and has certainly improved.”