Quinn hopeful for Great run
A preview of the pick of the action from Newmarket's Rowley Mile course on Saturday.
Mick Quinn is hopeful of a good run from Great Hall
Micky Quinn is optimistic Great Hall can continue his revival by completing a hat-trick in the James Seymour Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
The six-year-old has enjoyed a new lease of life since he was dropped back to a mile and a quarter, having finished in the first two in each of his last three starts over that trip.
Great Hall movies out of handicaps and into Listed class for the first time this campaign, but the Newmarket handler believes the son of Halling has taken another step forward since his most recent success at Nottingham.
Quinn said: "Great Hall won really well last time at Nottingham. He just keeps improving since we dropped him back to a mile and a quarter. He deserves a crack at a race like this.
"He's in great nick and has just turned in himself since being dropped back in trip. At this stage of the season you want a horse bang in form, which he is.
"He was quite keen over further. He travelled like a world-beater then he just emptied out. Over a mile and a quarter they go that bit faster, which helps him settle better, and he then has the stamina at the finish.
"He has blossomed since his last race and he goes there in really good heart. I'm hopeful of a good run and I just hope all the pieces come together."
While Great Hall will be stepping up in class, the Paul Cole-trained Berkshire heads the opposite direction, having finished fifth in a Group Two in Chantilly on his last outing.
Olly Cole, son and assistant to the Whatcombe handler, said: "He went to France last time out and it was a bit of a disaster.
"He went about 20 lengths clear and there was no way he was going to finish going that hard in front.
"Jim Crowley is back on board him and he knows him very well. Whatever tactics Jim decides to do with the horse he will do it well and get it right.
"The race might come a bit quick, but he seems in good order and if it doesn't come too quick then he shouldn't run a bad race as a mile and a quarter is his best trip."
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Charlie Appleby feels the step back up to a mile will benefit Latharnach in the 'Hats Off' To Steve Brown in the Ben Marshall Stakes.
The four-year-old made a successful return from more than a year off in a seven-furlong Listed contest at Redcar at the beginning of the month.
Appleby, who took the race in 2014 with French Navy, said: "Latharnach didn't get into the Breeders' Cup Turf Mile but the race looks quite hot.
"He has done well since his last run at Redcar and he should go well stepping back up to a mile."
Richard Hannon will be double-handed in the Listed mile prize with Estidhkaar and Kool Kompany, who finished second and fourth respectively in a conditions race at Salisbury on October 10.
Tom Ward, Hannon's assistant trainer, said: "We were very happy with how Estidhkaar came back last time. He had a good blow afterwards.
"The mile might be the problem, so we have just got to hope he settles nicely. He settles well at home but the other day at Salisbury he probably just raced a bit fresh.
"He should both mentally and physically come on a lot for it. We are hopeful of a big race.
"We were happy with Kool Kompany's run the other day but he still looks up against it at the weights. He's in good order and he came back from his spell in Australia great.
"The plan with him might be to go to Dubai we will just have to see how he runs Saturday and that will give us a good guide but he is in good form."
Kylla Instinct has it all to do on the ratings, but trainer Charlie McBride is keeping his fingers crossed she can sneak into a place.
He said: "We are only really in there to try and nick some black type as she is going to the sales and it is possible she could do that as she seems in good form."
Ralph Beckett expects the nature of the track to play into the hands of recent Pontefract maiden winner Cirencester in the British Stallion Studs EBF Montrose Fillies' Stakes.
He said: "Cirencester is fine. She's a tough filly that puts it all in and the track should suit her. She wants faster ground and she won despite the soft ground at Pontefract last time."
Billesdon Bess, one of two runners in the race for Hannon, will bid to follow up her debut victory at Salisbury.
The daughter of Dick Turpin will be joined in the one-mile Listed contest by stablemate Peak Princess.
Ward said: "Peak Princess hated the ground at Newbury and I hope the ground remains dry at Newmarket. She's a lovely filly and won well at Beverley as the track wouldn't have suited her.
"It's a competitive race but hopefully she will run well.
"Billesdon Bess was very impressive on her debut. I'm not sure about the form, but she couldn't have done it any easier.
"It's a big step up in grade and she is probably still learning what she is doing. Fingers crossed she can get a nice bit of black type ahead of next season."
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