Coral Henry II Stakes
|Group 3, Sandown 18:50
2m 50y, Class 1
1 Quickthorn 11/4F
2 Nate The Great 18/1
3 Rodrigo Diaz 25/1
8 ran NR: Indefatigable Distances: 1¾l, ¾l, hd
Time: 3m 38.27s (slow by 5.97s)
Quickthorn lands the Coral Henry II Stakes from the front under @TomMarquand, beating his wife @HollieDoyle1 into second place on Nate The Grate @Sandownpark @Hughiemorrison2 @newsellspark pic.twitter.com/Pg21Ij0MEz https://t.co/qsN3ga7cry via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) May 29, 2022
Tom Marquand was instructed by trainer Hughie Morrison to take a prominent position behind the leader but instead kept Quickthorn wide of his rivals in the early stages before leading them away in the first corner. From there it was foothold as Marquand put on a strong gallop that gradually toiled after his rivals.
Runner-up Nate The Great was the only one to bridge the gap, but Quickthorn found more and more and his rivals came no closer to the line.
“I didn’t really discuss the ride with the jockey,” Morrison said. “The idea was to move forward and probably follow one, but he was up front and enjoying it.
“I didn’t enjoy it for a moment, but it was a great effort. What a horse!”
Quickthorn is not competing in the Gold Cup and Morrison is looking at a fall campaign.
He added: “The ground was fast enough for him today so autumn is really his life and on that performance he is worthy of going back to the highest level.”
Henry II Stakes (Group 3)
£80,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 2m 50y, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (9) Quickthorn 5 9-4 Hughie Morrison Tom Marquand 11/4F
2 (7) 1¾ Nate The Great 6 9-4 Andrew Balding Hollie Doyle 18/1
3 (1) ¾ Rodrigo Diaz 5 9-4 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 25/1
4 (6) hd Thunderous 5 9-4 Charlie & Mark Johnston Franny Norton 4/1
5 (5) 3 Enemy 5 9-4 Ian Williams Daniel Tudhope 7/2
6 (4) shd Euchen Glen 9 9-4 Jim Goldie Paul Mulrennan 12/1
7 (2) 1½ John Leeper 4 9-3 Ed Dunlop Ryan Moore 11/2
8 (8) 16 Alounak 7 9-4 Andrew Balding David Probert 8/1
NR 9 (3) Indefatigable 9 9-1 Paul Webber NON RUNNER