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  • Good Opportunity For Windhoek

Qatar Racing Newmarket Stakes (Listed) 1m 2f

  • (3yo, 1m 2f, Class 1, 6 runners)
  • Winner £22,684 2nd £8,600 3rd £4,304 4th £2,144 5th £1,076 6th £540
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 5.48s
  • Off time: 17:00:19
Full result
Result 17:00 Newmarket
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 6 Windhoek 4/5f
2nd 1 Centurius 15/2
  • Last Updated: May 3 2013, 13:16 BST

View from connections ahead of the Qatar Racing Newmarket Stakes on Saturday.

Windhoek: Goes back to HQ
Windhoek: Goes back to HQ

Mark Johnston admits he could not resist bringing Windhoek back to HQ for the Qatar Racing Newmarket Stakes on Saturday.

After the colt scooped the pool in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy a fortnight ago the next port of call looked like being the Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 16.

However, when Johnston assessed this Listed contest he felt he had to go for it.

"It looked too good an opportunity to miss," said the Middleham handler.

"We had said we were going to wait for the Dante, but when we saw this we thought we had to run.

"He did well to win a good race there last time and it should help that he's been there before."

Centurius did not set foot on a racecourse until two weeks ago but his trainer Marco Botti could not fail to be impressed with his debut success and has opted for this race over the Qatar Racing Handicap on Sunday.

"He is a nice big horse and I was pleased he won first time out at Nottingham, as I thought he would improve for the run," said the Newmarket handler.

"He won with a bit in hand, I think he has improved and it will be interesting to see how he gets on.

"I think Mr Johnston's horse (Windhoek) looks very smart and our horse is rated much lower, but we want to find out how good our horse is.

"He would probably have had a better chance of winning the handicap on Sunday, but he has some fancy entries in races like the Dante and the French Derby, so we want to find out if he is up to that level."

The John Murphy-trained High Octane represents Irish interests anda good run is hoped for if the Motivator colt stays the trip.

"He's in great form and travelled over well. We're really looking forward to him running on faster ground. We've been waiting for that," said the County Cork handler.

"He's in great shape. There's a few to worry about, but I just hope he stays the mile and two. It's a test to see if he does.

"I think he will. On the Motivator side he will, but there is a lot of speed on the dam's side, and he has a very high cruising speed himself, so you just wonder what he will stay to.

"It would be nice to know at this time of year what distance he stays."


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