Frankel stretches unbeaten run to seven at Royal Ascot

Boom UK three-year-old Frankel, rated the world’s best racehorse alongside Black Caviar, stretched his unbeaten run to seven with victory in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot on Tuesday night (AET).

The 3/10 favourite reeled in runaway pacemaker Rerouted rounding the home turn and burst clear by six lengths in the hands of jockey Tom Queally before beginning to tire over the latter stages.

He looked vulnerable over the last 200m, but fought on strongly to hold off the Aidan O’Brien trained 20/1 chance Zoffany who rocketed home late to be beaten three-quarters of a length.

Excelebration (10/1), who jumped awkwardly almost dislodging his jockey, finished third.

Frankel’s trainer Henry Cecil, racing’s newest knight, told Racing Post, “He settled really well – very, very well. The pacemaker went off quite fast and he was very, very settled and he [Queally] had to ask him to take it up and he said when he was in front he thought he’d done enough.

“Tom said he was very settled and we can ride him properly now. In the Royal Lodge the further he went the better he was, but he’s getting older and wiser now and he thought he’d done enough and was getting a bit bored.”

Queally, the only jockey to have ridden Frankel, said, “He jumped a little bit slow and he settled better than before. He was on his own for a long way and he was getting a bit fed up in front [by the end]. He’s done it so easy. He’s growing up all the time. People think he just jumps and runs but he’s more versatile than that.”

Click here to view a replay of the St James’s Palace Stakes courtesy of At The Races.

TORIO’S QUEST IS SPRING GROUP ONES

Group One races over the famous Melbourne Spring Carnival beckon Torio’s Quest after he demolished his rivals in Saturday’s Group Two Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm.

Always held in high regard by connections, Torio’s Quest relished the dry track and the step up to a mile with a barnstorming win.

Wyong based trainer Brett Partelle had no hesitation in saying the best wins for Torio’s Quest were still ahead.

“There were a few people who wanted to drop off him,” Partelle said. “I said after the Gold Coast (Magic Millions 3YO Trophy) win he was a Group One horse.”

“Make no mistake about it. That (win) gives me a lot of pleasure and we bet accordingly too and it is great for everyone.”

“I was very close to running him in the Stradbroke, but I thought a mile on a dry track was his go.”

“I’m going to put him away now and get him to Melbourne and you will see a real good horse.”

“The best of him is yet to come. He is going to be a dynamic mile and a quarter horse. He goes to sleep.”

Sent out at $8 with bookmakers and paying over $11 on each Australian tote, Torio’s Quest thrashed his rivals – the nearest of which, the $6.50 fancy Benny’s Buttons was four lengths behind.

Now the winner of five of his 10 runs, Torio’s Quest was purchased by senior owner Bert Vieria for just $15,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Vieria, in consultation with leading bloodstock agent Darrell Ible, took a shine to the youngster from the draft of his breeder, John North’s Bowness Stud.

“What a bargain he’s turned out to be,” Vieria said. “John (North) told us he would develop into a top horse and he’s right!”

“He cost us just $15,000 and we’ve had so much enjoyment with him already. We can’t wait for the spring.”

By Danehill’s former outstanding son Oratorio, Torio’s Quest is one of three winners produced by the unraced Quest for Fame mare Quest for Pleasure.

Quest for Pleasure in turn is a daughter of the Group One Victorian Oaks winner Sandy’s Pleasure.

With the spring features beckoning, Torio’s Quest has already earned his connections over $850,000 from just 10 runs – five of which he has returned the winner.

SQUAMOSA MAKES BARNSTORMING RETURN

Outstanding three-year-old Squamosa gave his older rivals a galloping lesson when he resumed from a spell to win Saturday’s listed June Stakes (1100m) at Randwick.

Leading throughout, Squamosa raced clear in the home straight to win by four and three quarter lengths – a margin which, if he was extended, could have been significantly greater.

The dynamic performance impressed the Gai Waterhouse stable – racing manager Bruce Slade already looking to the future.

“He’s only about 75 to 80 per cent fit at the moment,” Slade said.

“He will run next in the Takeover Target and we’re really looking forward to the spring with him.”

The Not a Single Doubt galloper was purchased by Star Thoroughbreds for $140,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.

Denise Martin, of Star Thoroughbreds, was all smiles as she cheered home her syndicated galloper from Eagle Farm.

“That was just fabulous,” she beamed. “He’s an outstanding colt and it’s great to see him from back so well and win brilliantly like that.”

“Squamosa is the most exciting of colts and it’s a bit of a relief to see him back.”

“Gai has been very patient with him. She wanted him to resume with a win a first up.”

“Getting him ready was difficult with the weather and the wet tracks – with trials being called off. But she persisted and got him right to kick off today,” Martin added.

“We can’t wait to get him down to Melbourne to hopefully win a Group One after he was close in the Golden Rose. He deserves to win one.”

Squamosa, a graduate of Arrowfield Stud, is by former Magic Millions graduate Not a Single Doubt and is from the stakes winning Success Express mare Class Success.

Class Success has been represented by three runners, all of them are winners. Squamosa’s stakes performed stablemate Flying Success is a half sister.

Squamosa is the winner of four of his five starts and he’s already earned his connections over $430,000.

EAGLE FARM SATURDAY SELECTIONS

Stradbroke Handicap Meeting – Saturday June 11

Race 1 – 10. Belle D’Amour 6. Abstract 13. Epona Princess

Race 2 – 1. Temple Of Boom 6. Adebisi 4. Beethog

Race 3 – 11. Willy Jimmy 16. St Germaine 17. Equable

Race 4 – 1. Glass Harmonium 3. Ironstein 4. Shuffle The Cash

Race 5 – 1. Hot Snitzel (SPECIAL) 4. Fontelina 2. Benfica

Race 6 – 3. Turnitup 2. Shootoff 15. Satch

Race 7 – 11. Raffaello 4. Love Conquers All 5. Beaded

Race 8 – 2. Skilled (EACH-WAY SPECIAL) 3. Run For Levi 10. Smokin’ Joey

STRADBROKE DILEMMA FOR VARENNA MISS

Connections of quality Victorian mare Varenna Miss have some decisions to make after she scored an impressive win in Saturday’s Group Two QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm.

A member of the Tony Noonan stable at Mornington, Varenna Miss came with a strong run in the straight under Dwayne Dunn to beat former star juvenile Phelan Ready.

Noonan and the owners of Varenna Miss had never really targetted next Saturday’s Group One Stradbroke Handicap – preferring instead to focus on the Winter Stakes later in the carnival.

Now with a Group Two win on her resume, the beautifully related Redoute’s Choice filly will be tested at racing’s elite level.

“It worked out perfectly,” Noonan said. “I wasn’t concerned about the (wide) gate at all.”

“She’s a big filly and she wanted plenty of room. I was pretty confident all the way up the straight.”

“It was only her ninth race start and she will continue to improve this mare,” he added.

“We’ll have a drink and think about (the Stradbroke). The plan was always for the Winter Stakes.”

“My concern at the moment is that she is lightly raced. I think in twelve months time she will be a lovely mare.”

“That (the Winter Stakes) was always the way I’ve been thinking, but when you win these races it gets you thinking,”

“She was very dominant and I think the further she goes the better – the 1400 (metres) will suit her better,” Noonan summed up.

A graduate of the Twin Palms Stud draft at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Varenna Miss got home to beat former Magic Millions Classic winner Phelan Ready by a length.

Zingaling was third, a further half length back, while the favourite Sincero finished well back in the field – beating only a few runners home as the $3.30 elect.

A daughter of star Arrowfield Stud based sire Redoute’s Choice, Varenna Miss boasts the outstanding record of five wins and two placings from just nine lifetime starts.

The four-year-old mare is one of four winners from four to race for the group winning Bite the Bullet mare Mica’s Pride.

Varenna Miss is therefore a half sister to Silently – stakes winner of the James HB Carr Stakes.

Mica’s Pride is a sister to Money Begets Money and the dam of stakes winning siblings Gaze On and Bhutane Dane.