Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup: Quickthorn and Tom Marquand dominate in Knavesmire Group Two breaking | racing news

A Tom Marquand-inspired ride helped Quickthorn triumph in the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York, leading all the way to win by 14 lengths.

Quickthorn – trained by Hughie Morrison – ran Marquand, as he did when he won the Henry II Stakes at Sandown earlier this season and did the same in the Prix Maurice de Nieuil at ParisLongchamp last month.

And although his rivals at Knavesmire allowed him to build a big lead down the back straight, he proved unassailable as the likes of Coltranwho came out favorite after the withdrawals of Trueshan Y Stradivariusit made no impression on the runaway winner.

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Quickthorn won at ParisLongchamp earlier this season in game fashion

In the end, Coltrane and Rob Hornby held on to second place, ahead of the outsider. Reshounwho was a good third under Jim Crowley for Ian Williams’ team.

Speaking after the race, winning rider Marquand said: “I’m pretty impressed with it. Obviously I’ve ridden it the last couple of times and it felt really good at Sandown and in France. When I got to France, I felt like I had a couple of bikes left. gears, but ultimately with these seatstays, you might be cheating yourself a bit.

“I could have slowed him down, but what’s the point? He’s an exuberant player with a full tank under him and we were stable enough that he didn’t get too cooked.”

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Tom Marquand led his group to victory by 14 lengths

“I knew I had stretched out the back, I gave both of them a poke while looking out at the crowd, but I heard the comment and I looked at the big screen and was able to sit down.

“You almost wish the bigwigs were here to see what could have happened. He also did it on land which was probably faster than ideal. I’m really excited about what the future could hold as it’s just getting underway.” .

Morrison added: “We have three options: the Prix Royal-Oak, the Prix du Cadran and the Long Distance Cup. He’s at Irish St Leger but he’s had a pretty tough run there.” track helps him, Tom said he didn’t like going down the hill at Sandown.

“I think with horses that you think need soft ground, you can get away with it on a level track and they do a great job with the ground here.

“I think he’s still improving and I’m disappointed the other two didn’t show up. He’s gotten a lot better this year. We’ll never know if he would have beaten the other two today, but he certainly would have.” them a race.”

Title Defender Stradivarius was ruled out of the race early in the morning due to a bruised foot, while Trueshan he was taken off 20 minutes before the race due to fast ground.

Noble Style runs over Marshman in Gimcrack

the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Betting went the way of noble style and William Buick, who went undefeated for Charlie Appleby’s team after defeating the rookie winner from Thirsk. Marshman in the final stage.

Marshman seemed to have things under control in the closing stages, taking a length of the field under Clifford Lee with everything inside under pressure.

But it was Noble Style, who might well be headed to the National Stakes at The Curragh for seven furlongs, who had enough in the tank to catch the Karl Burke-trained Marshman, winning by a length at the line, with Cold Case back in third for the same yard.

Noble Style and William Buick take the Gimcrack Stakes at York
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Noble Style and William Buick take the Gimcrack Stakes at York

Winning trainer Appleby said after the race: “After his win at Ascot, all roads were heading for Royal Ascot, but two weeks later we weren’t happy with him. There was no problem, but he just wasn’t the same.” horse he was before his first success.

“I’m very fortunate to be able to make the call and give this horse the time he needed, then we took him to Newmarket and he won there, after which some people might have thought he had regressed.”

“We were very happy with the way the horse came out, physically you could see the improvement that was there, and he was galloping earlier in the week and looking as good as we had seen him.”

“We came here with confidence, but there was a lot of strength deep down in today’s race, he had to go and do it and he did well. The good thing about him is that he crosses the line well.”

Native Trail after winning last season with William Buick
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Native Trail won the National Stakes last season for the Appleby and Buick team

“It will go up to seven furlongs at some point, but as we all know, the next two weeks is an important time for two-year-olds. They start to sort themselves out and find their feet and there are big races coming up.” early.

“I guess the National Stakes can be put into the melting pot, but there are a couple more horses to come out and if this horse could go back to making it over six at Middle Park and we’ll step it up at a later stage, or if we go up to seven in your next opening, it’s a healthy discussion to have.

“I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t stay a mile (in the Guineas). He has a pedigree that suggests he’s going to make it for sure and he does everything very well.”

in the opener, Farhan hit a 20/1 blow with the victory in the Sky Bet Handicap under the form of Neil Callan for John Butler’s team.

Callan, who had an equal number of races winner at Royal Ascot earlier this season, sat behind the pace Silvestre De Sousa and Party Island until the middle of the straight, recovering nicely and hitting the front two furlongs.

Challengers in the final furlong included Thundering and favorite Mahrajaan, but neither could catch the eventual winner, who could head to the Old Rowley Cup or November Handicap next, both races in which he ran well last year.

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