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Norton's John Quinn looking for prizes at York
JOHN QUINN is looking to take a handful of the end-of-season prizes at York Racecourse.
The Norton trainer has a five-strong team on Knavesmire this afternoon – bidding for glory on Countryside Day as the track brings the curtain down on the 2013 season with a two-day meeting.
Leading the way is Lincoln winner Levitate, who tackles the feature This Isn’t ‘The Stan James Champion Hurdle’ Handicap, contested over a mile with £25,000 on offer.
Quinn said: “Levitate is in very good form. He went up 5lb to 98 for winning at Ayr last time but he has run well at York (he was second in 2012 on his only previous course appearance). The softer the ground the better – but he seems very well in himself.”
Talented apprentice Oisin Murphy, successful aboard Levitate at Ayr, will once again take the ride.
The 5lb claimer will also be in the saddle for Quinn in the opening race on the card, the six-furlong TSG Nursery. Murphy will be on Makin The Rules, runner-up on both of his last two starts.
Quinn added: “Makin The Rules is a nice horse who was second at York and was then touched off at the Western meeting at Ayr. He seems in good form and the ground will be fine for him.”
Another apprentice Jason Hart, claiming 3lb, will be aboard the Quinn-trained Kashmir Peak in the Parsonage Hotel and Cloisters Spa handicap.
“The mile and a half will suit Kashmir Peak, he is in good fettle and will have a good claimer on him,” said Quinn.
The Website Designers Yorkshire Maiden Auction Stakes sees Quinn represented by Bold Captain, who will be having his second career start.
The trainer said: “He was second at Beverley first time out and we like the horse. Being by Captain Rio, any rain would help.”
Today’s finale is the Future Cleaning Services Apprentice Handicap in which Quinn’s charge Evanescent will bid to complete a three timer after successes at Pontefract and Ayr.
Quinn said: “He seems to have found his form and all ground comes alike to him. It has been a decent year (for us). We had a bit of a drought in the middle of the summer but we’ve had a good back-end. Probably, the year is finishing too soon for us.”
Seventeen days on Knavesmire 2014
THE dust has yet to settle on this season but York Racecourse’s fixtures for the 2014 campaign have already been revealed.
Once again, there will be 17 days on Knavesmire – starting on May 14 with the three-day May Festival.
The Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival begins on August 20. The Press Family Raceday will be staged on Sunday, September 7, while the season concludes on October 11.
York Racecourse 2014 fixtures: May 14, 15, 16, 31; June 13, 14; July 11, 12, 25 (evening), 26; August 20, 21, 22, 23; September 7; October 10, 11.
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