Marco Botti believes that Grendisar will not be inconvenienced by the drop down in trip in Saturday’s Coral App Download From The App Store Quebec Stakes at Lingfield, writes Graham Clark.
The four-year old will make the journey to the Surrey track at the weekend to contest the mile-and-a-quarter Listed contest in what will be his first attempt over the trip since winning a Class Five handicap over course and distance in January 2013.
“We have not run Grendisar over this trip for a while but he is a very strong traveller and seems to have enough pace for the trip,” said the Newmarket handler.
“A strong pace suits him best and the small field could be a concern but he does have a turn of foot if the pace is not strong up front.”
Although the son of Invincible Spirit will enter the race in good heart having not finished outside of the frame in any of his last seven races, only two of those starts have produced wins, with the other five all resulting in him finishing second, including last time out when beaten a neck in a valuable Class Two handicap at Kempton,
“I would not say Grendisar is ungenuine he is just one of those horses that once he hits the front he idles a bit. He just needs to produced as late as possible,” said Botti.
Tonight the Snailwell Road handler will be represented in the feature Class Two seven furlong conditions stakes at Kempton by Hasopop and Linton.
“The handicapper has done Hasopop no favours,” said Botti.
“Although he has not won for more than a year he has not dropped him much.
“He is a horse that we struggle to find races for but at the same time he has run better than his finishing positions.
“The small field will be in his favour and seven furlongs is his best trip,”
“Linton is in good form and I thought he run ok when finishing fourth at Newmarket.
“He is a horse who is rated too high for a handicap but not quite good enough for a Listed race.”