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Quick Suzy to miss Breeders’ Cup

Quick Suzy is a late absentee from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Gavin Cromwell’s Royal Ascot winner has a temperature following her transatlantic trip from Ireland to California for her intended engagement at Del Mar on Friday.

She will not therefore take part, her owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners have announced via Twitter, and will remain in the care of California trainer Paddy Gallagher.

A post on the owners’ account on Monday evening read: “Gutted to report that our Queen Mary Royal Ascot heroine, Quick Suzy, spiked a temp in the wake of her trip from Ireland to @DelMarRacing for the @BreedersCup & will not be entered in the Juvenile Turf Sprint. She will make Cali home w @PaddyGRacing.”

Quick Suzy won the Queen Mary Stakes on her fourth career start, having already scored in a Curragh maiden in May.

She has run just once more since the Royal meeting – when down the field in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville in August.

Quick Suzy camp confident Queen Mary winner will handle Del Mar

The prospect of racing around a bend for the first time in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint is no worry for connections of Royal Ascot heroine Quick Suzy.

Winner of the Queen Mary in June, the Gavin Cromwell-trained youngster is reported to have taken the journey to California well – having enjoyed a spin around a turn on an away day as part of her preparations.

“She went for a racecourse gallop and we schooled her around a bend, just to give her a sighter, and she went really well around it,” said bloodstock agent Joseph Burke, who purchased the daughter of Profitable for American-based owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.

“We don’t believe it will be an issue. Obviously her other races have been on straight tracks, but knowing her confirmation and physicality she won’t have any trouble handling a bend – she’s a lot more suited physically to handling a bend than some horses will be, I’d say.

“Our only concern, like for most people I guess over five furlongs at Del Mar, is the draw. We’ll have to see how that works out, but whatever the draw is we accept it and do our best.”

Gary Carroll will once again be in the saddle, and Burke said: “Gary was always from day one on board, from the day she was bought. There was never any question of anyone else taking the ride.

Quick Suzy and Gary Carroll powering home in the Queen Mary
Quick Suzy and Gary Carroll powering home in the Queen Mary (David Davies/PA)

“He’s such a good rider and gets on so well with her – he believes she’s an absolute machine, and he was proven right at Royal Ascot. We’ve huge faith in Gary.”

He added: “She travelled over on Friday and arrived on Friday evening. She’s settling in and enjoying the heat.

“We’re really looking forward to it. This has been the target ever since her Queen Mary win at Royal Ascot. Her whole season after that has revolved around this.

“Del Mar is a home track for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners – their offices are just down the road, and they are tremendously excited to have her coming over.

“We’re all hoping for a big run.”

Cromwell weighing up autumn options for Sunset Shiraz

Sunset Shiraz has a couple of options left to try to gain a valuable win before the season is out.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained juvenile has some black type to her name but as yet remains a maiden.

She finished second to Agartha in the Debutante Stakes, third in Group One company in the Moyglare and was caught late on by Concert Hall last weekend in the Weld Park Stakes.

“There are a couple of options left for her, it’s whether we try to win a nice one or go back and win a maiden,” said Cromwell.

“There is a Listed race at the Curragh she could go for, over a mile for two-year-old fillies, the Staffordstown Stud Stakes on October 10.

“That looks an obvious option but I would just love her to win a race, so we could potentially go for a maiden with her. She’s got huge black type but we’d love to win one.

“I’d have no problem going back up to a mile. She definitely stays it, and when you look at her pedigree, she’ll get it.

“I know she was collared late on last time but she was probably in front a bit long.”

Gavin Cromwell greets Gary Carroll after Quick Suzy's Ascot win
Gavin Cromwell greets Gary Carroll after Quick Suzy’s Ascot win (David Davies/PA)

Cromwell hit the headlines at Royal Ascot back in June when his Quick Suzy won the Queen Mary.

Since then she took on the boys over six furlongs in France in the Prix Morny and had been in the frame for a spin at Dundalk this week before a trip to the Breeders’ Cup, but she is likely to head straight there now.

“I don’t think she’s going to run before the Breeders’ Cup, I think we’ll just go straight out there now,” said Cromwell.

“That has been her target all year with her having American owners.”

Dundalk next for Breeders’ Cup hopeful Quick Suzy

Quick Suzy is set to to warm up for a trip to the Breeders’ Cup in a Listed event at Dundalk rather than Newmarket’s Cheveley Park Stakes.

Winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, Gavin Cromwell’s filly has since struggled when encountering more testing conditions in the Prix Morny at Deauville – albeit only beaten little more than four lengths.

With the Breeders’ Cup top of the agenda for Quick Suzy’s American owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Legacy Stakes on October 1 is viewed as a more suitable stepping stone to Del Mar than the Group One Cheveley Park on September 25.

Joseph Burke, spokesperson for her owners, said: “Quick Suzy’s main objective this year is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. That has always been her main target – that’s what she was purchased to do.

“With that in mind, Gavin suggested we have changed her prep race and she’s going to go for a five-furlong Listed race at Dundalk on October 1.

“She’s had her three runs in Ireland, then she travelled to England for a run and then she travelled to France.

“Travel is a little bit more difficult than it used to be. If we were to go for the Cheveley Park, she’d go across on the boat and then it’s six hours in a box down to Newmarket, run in a Group One and then six hours back to the boat again before being put on a flight to America a few weeks later. We also don’t know what ground we’ll encounter there, whereas at Dundalk it’s a given.

“We all agreed that on balance, it is the right move with a view to having her peak at Del Mar.”

Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot
Gavin Cromwell (right) with Quick Suzy at Royal Ascot (David Davies/PA)

Burke added: “She’s in really good form and has improved physically over the summer and strengthened up.

“While we fully believe she’s capable of winning a Cheveley Park, we don’t want to lose sight of the bigger picture – and if it came down to a choice of winning at Newmarket or winning at the Breeders’ Cup, with all due respect, there’s only one winner for her owners. It’s on their home turf, with the offices of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners being close to the track.

“Gavin and his team will aim to get her to Del Mar in as good a shape as possible – and running at Dundalk, which is just down the road from Gavin’s base, makes a lot of sense.

“It’s a measure of the trainer that Gavin is that he is placing the filly and her owners first by sacrificing his chance to win his first European Group One on the Flat – something that he will do very soon, having already won a Group Two on Arc weekend.

“Instead, he is completely focused on the Breeders’ Cup, and he and his team are doing a fantastic job with her, so we’re very excited about what lies ahead.”

Ground key to Quick Suzy’s Cheveley challenge

Queen Mary winner Quick Suzy will revert to fillies-only company in next month’s Cheveley Park Stakes, as long as the ground is suitable.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained filly travelled well for a long way against the colts in the Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday before fading to finish ninth of 14, beaten just over four lengths by Perfect Power.

Her main aim all along has been the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint and while connections would prefer to get a run in before then, should the ground be soft at Newmarket then she is likely to head straight there.

Joe Burke, spokesperson for her American owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, said: “I’d walked the track Sunday morning and I was very happy with the ground, it was good to firm on the straight track.

“Unfortunately there was a real downpour before racing and Gary (Carroll) said it chewed up the path along the rail we were going to take. Also, while she travelled great, when he asked her to pick up she couldn’t and he described it as speed-blunting ground.

“He said we’ll see a different filly back on faster ground so we’ll regroup this week, but the plan had always been the Cheveley Park and we’ll probably still go there but only if the ground is good or better. On good to soft, even back in against fillies, we’d probably get the same kind of result.

“She’s at her best on fast ground when she can show that turn of foot she showed at Ascot.

“Her main aim all along has been the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint where she’s guaranteed to get fast ground at Del Mar. That race is made for her.”

Quick Suzy to head to Prix Morny

Quick Suzy will head straight to this month’s Prix Morny after connections ruled out a crack at the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

The Gavin Cromwell-trained filly impressed with a length-and-a-quarter victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, improving from a previous Curragh maiden win and a narrow second in Group Three company at Naas.

Quick Suzy, who is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners following a sale facilitated by bloodstock agent Joseph Burke, had been in line to tackle the colts in Sunday’s Group One sprint, but will now wait for Deauville on August 22.

Burke said: “She worked well at the Curragh on Tuesday. But having spoken to Gavin, Gary Carroll (jockey) and Aron Wellman – the head of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners – we figured, having given her a holiday following Royal Ascot, that we’d give her another couple of weeks and aim for the Prix Morny instead.

“She gets an extra pound from the colts in Deauville as well – 4lb as opposed to 3lb at the Curragh – and fillies have a very good record in the Morny.

“She’s already Group placed in Ireland, a Group winner at Royal Ascot and the joint-highest rated two-year-old in Ireland – so it would be great to get some Group One form in France on her CV next.”

Gary Carroll celebrates victory with trainer Gavin Cromwell
Gary Carroll celebrates victory with trainer Gavin Cromwell (David Davies/PA)

Connections have also started to make plans beyond Deauville, with a tilt at Breeders’ Cup glory high on the agenda.

“Ultimately, her season revolves around the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar – and we’re working back from there,” added Burke.

“This race (Morny) fits in nicely – and we might take in the Cheveley Park then, all being well, before going to Del Mar.

“We’re very lucky to have her. She’s brought a lot of joy to all of us already, and we hope the second half of her season will be just as rewarding.”

Quick Suzy set for Phoenix Stakes

Quick Suzy is likely to take on the boys in the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh next weekend.

Trained by Gavin Cromwell, the filly was an impressive winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot for her American-based syndicate Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.

The original plan after Ascot had been to wait until the Cheveley Park at Newmarket at the end of next month, but she was added to the Phoenix at the second entry stage.

Bloodstock agent Joseph Burke, who facilitated the sale, said on behalf of the owners: “We added her at the second entry stage, and I’d say it’s 95 per cent that she’ll run. She just needs to do a bit of work in the week.

“I think she’s a filly who loves her work, and it would have been a long time to wait until the Cheveley Park.

“As a Group Two winner we didn’t see much point in going for the Lowther, and if she can get Group One black type in the first Group One of the season for juveniles in Ireland that will be a big thing and make her a valuable breeding prospect.

“She’ll do a piece either Monday or Tuesday, depending on (jockey) Gary Carroll’s availability, but at the moment it looks like she’s going.”

Sunday’s race promises to be typically strong, and Burke added: “It looks like the first two from the Railway Stakes are heading there too, Go Bears Go and Castle Star, and I’d imagine Go Bears Go will be favourite – because the Railway looked the strongest two-year-old race of the season at the time to me.

“I don’t think we’ll be far behind, along with Ger Lyons’ Beauty Inspire.

“The race is only down the road for Quick Suzy. She doesn’t have to travel this time, and I know travel in 2021 is a big deal – it must be a bonus to spend the night in your own stable.”

Quick Suzy speeds to Queen Mary victory

Quick Suzy provided trainer Gavin Cromwell and jockey Gary Carroll with their first Royal Ascot success in the Queen Mary Stakes.

Carroll delivered Quick Suzy from off the pace on the stands side to challenge favourite and eventual runner-up Twilight Gleaming a furlong out, stretching clear to win by a length and a quarter at 8-1 – with 50-1 outsider Cheerupsleepyjean almost another two lengths back in third.

County Meath trainer Cromwell is more often associated with success over jumps – including at Grade One level at the Cheltenham Festival – but is adept on the Flat, too.

Quick Suzy, a maiden winner at the Curragh last month and then a Group Three runner-up at Naas, has nonetheless broken new ground for the yard with her Group Two victory.

Cromwell said: “She won her maiden very well, it was an auction maiden that doesn’t carry as much weight, she was very convincing there – then she went to a Group Three the last day in Naas and just didn’t quite see out the six furlongs on soft ground. But she showed blistering pace, so we were definitely coming here.

“(The fast ground) was an unknown, she’s a very good mover but she’d never raced on it.”

Asked to compare Royal meeting success with Cheltenham Festival glory, Cromwell – who won the Champion Hurdle in 2019 with Espoir D’Allen – added: “It’s centre stage and any race when you’re centre stage is fantastic.

“On a stage like this, you’re definitely going to get a buzz.”

The daughter of Profitable was recently bought by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners LLC, and Cromwell said: “The plan was she was to remain with me for Royal Ascot and then she was going to go to America. You wouldn’t know, but we might get to twist their arm and hold on to her and go to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Gary Carroll celebrates on board Quick Suzy with trainer Gavin Cromwell
Gary Carroll celebrates on board Quick Suzy with trainer Gavin Cromwell (David Davies/PA)

Carroll said: “Every step of the way I was trying to make sure the American horse didn’t get first run on me. She’s game and she battled all the way.

“I rode her over six furlongs at Naas where she showed so much natural speed. You need these big wins to get yourself on the platform.”

Of Twilight Gleaming, trainer Wesley Ward said: “We did everything right, but didn’t win. It was a clean trip and the first two fillies came clear. It was a good run.

“We’ve come back before and we might do that (run again in Britain) this time.”