Quest For More powers clear to win the Lonsdale Cup
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Alex Wiltshire 2:39PM 19 AUG 2016
Report: York, Friday
Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup (Group 2), 2m½f, 3yo+
GEORGE BAKER gave well-backed 9-2 chance Quest For More a superb front-running ride to land the Lonsdale Cup for trainer Roger Charlton.
Pallasator gave his all in second, whilst Wicklow Brave looked threatening in the closing stages, but his challenge fizzled out to finish third.
As the light rain continued to fall on the Knavesmire, the six-year-old was allowed to create a significant lead despite a moderate early pace.
The race exploded inside the final few furlongs as the pace quickened and the Willie Mullins-trained Wicklow Brave moved strongly in the slipstream of Quest For More, looking the most likely winner.
However, Quest For More found more, while Wicklow Brave’s effort flattened out, and he won going away by three and a half lengths from Pallasator who kept on well in second.
Available at 7-1 half an hour before the race, the money came for Quest For More as he was sent off a 9-2 shot.
Trainer Roger Charlton was delighted the pieces fell into place for Quest For More: “He improved a lot last year but nothing had quite gone right this year,” he said.
“George gave him a superb ride in front and it looked like the horse was capable of going round again. He can take a bit of time to get going and I think he is a genuine stayer.”
Quest For More ran creditably to finish ninth in the Melbourne Cup last year but Charlton suggested that a return to Australia was not on the cards.
“Australia was disheartening,” the trainer said. “I like to see my horses and be with my horses and I find that very difficult when they’re on the other side of the world.
“We have video and heart monitors but I’d have the lads asking me what to do and I’d not be sure as I wasn’t there. He’s a fragile horse and I like to look after him. I’d rather do that in Britain than Australia.”
Also at York
Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (Group 3) 7f, 3yo+
Nemoralia (Jamie Spencer) wins the City Of York Stakes
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
CLASS told as Nemoralia made the most of the drop to Group 3 company to run out an authoritative winner of the City Of York Stakes.
Jeremy Noseda’s filly, who has always been held in the highest regard by connections, had competed at Group 1 level on her two most recent outings and had finished runner-up to Qemah in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
She proved far too good for her rivals on the Knavesmire as she quickened sharply two furlongs out and was in total control throughout the final furlong, passing the post one and three-quarter lengths ahead of So Beloved.
Jallota ran with credit to finish half a length further back in third.
“She is a Group 1 filly coming back into Group 3 company and she has done what she should do but you are always delighted to see them go and do it,” Noseda said.
“It will most probably be the Park Stakes at Doncaster next then we will head to America and look at the Queen Elizabeth on October 14 for three-year-old fillies at Keeneland.”
The winning time of 1m 22.16s posted by Nemoralia, which is only just outside standard, suggests that the ground remains on the quick side.