Queally Follows Up

Following up on last weekend’s Coral-Eclipse triumph, Tom Queally topped a memorable week of action in the Princess of Wales sportingbet.com Stakes at Newmarket, on the returned to form Sans Frontieres.

Sans Frontiers

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The Jeremy Noseda trained Sans Frontieres was largely overlooked on Ladies' Day at Headquarters after unsuccessful attempts to attain his best form after an injury last summer, while Twice Over was a preferred starter to score at Sandown,

San Frontieres previous runs this spring were echoed in his 14-1 starting price, but he pulled away from the field to record his first victory since 2008 by two and a half lengths.

Tazeez was out in front for much of the run only to have the race favourite Spanish Moon, with his first start on British soil for over a year, providing a close chase.

Queally took charge as San Frontieres rushed through the field and he drew away from the second placed Redwood, with Tazeez dropping back to third place and Spanish Moon placing fourth.

Noseda said, "He was injured prior to Royal Ascot last year and we didn't get him back until this spring.

"He wasn't fit enough at the start of this season and that was the problem at Newmarket. I then shouldn't have run him at Chester as the ground was too soft and the track didn't suit.

"He showed a glimmer that he was on the way back at Royal Ascot and his work has been better since.

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"I thought he could finish in the first three here, but I didn't think he could beat Spanish Moon - although if he didn't perform then we had as good a chance as anyone and it has worked out.

"I'll have to go home and sit down. I didn't come here expecting to win so I hadn't looked beyond today, but I am delighted for Sir Robert  who has been a great supporter of the stable and it seems a long time since we had a Group winner together."

Queally added, "The last day at Ascot there were signs of improvement and encouragement and that he was getting back on track.

"Today he proved that and travelled strongly in the race.

"I took my time because he can take a bit of a bite early on and I just wanted to get him on an even keel, but he picked up when it mattered and he stayed on all the way to the line.

"He's had his problems in the past, but he's always had talent and he's a class horse who is back on track."

At Ascot San Frontieres was one place in front of Redwood, who again found the competition too strong.

Redwood trainer Barry Hills said, "He didn't run his race at Ascot, but I knew he would run better here as I thought the track would suit him. As for his next race, I'm not sure at the moment."

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