Charlton considering Champions Day for Quest For More
Quest For More: is a best-priced 14-1 for the Long Distance Cup
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Charlton considering Champions Day for Quest
By Stuart Riley 10:21AM 3 OCT 2016
ROGER CHARLTON reported Quest For More has come out of his Group 1 Prix du Cadran win well and suggested the dry weather forecast had prompted him to consider a bid for the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day at Ascot later this month.
Quest For More's price ranges from 5-1 to 14-1 (with Betway) for the Qipco-sponsored Group 2 and Charlton said: "The weather forecast suggests we are in for a dry week, and so we can't rule out having a go at the Champions Day stayers race, but preference would be to give him a break and look at Dubai in March."
Reflecting on the victory, Charlton added: "Quest for More's win was a wonderful triumph. It was his first attempt at the lengthy distance of a little more than 2m4f and, as we thought, he stayed all of it.
"At home he has the ability to go 35mph for as long as you want, but is quick enough to do a 40mph furlong. He is a remarkable horse and is unlucky not to be unbeaten in his last three races. The previous two races were tough ones and he showed no signs of that affecting him."
'As happy as Larry'
After the race jockey George Baker joked: "Mr Charlton was probably throwing things at the TV!" and, speaking to his website, Charlton revealed Baker's did indeed take him by surprise.
"We had talked about either making the running, or, if not making it, not to sit too close and get left in front a long way from home as he can idle. We did not discuss sitting last behind the favourite who has the speed to be only beaten two lengths in a Group 1 over 1m4f in the summer.
"As per, George judged it perfectly and having not travelled as well as he can, he left him alone and Questy repaid him up the straight with a big winning move. He travelled back well and seemed as happy as Larry yesterday evening."
Quest For More
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