JOHN Quinn declared himself satisfied after Yorkshire’s 2000 Guineas hopeful The Wow Signal went through his paces after racing at Pontefract under Frankie Dettori.
Breaking from the mile start, the Coventry Stakes and Prix Morny winner worked over seven furlongs of the West Yorkshire venue, tracking the 90-rated Fuwairt before Dettori asked the Classic contender to quicken off the bend.
“The whole idea was to give him a day out. There are 26 days between now and the Guineas and this will have got him buzzed up nicely,” said Quinn who trains near Malton.
“I will obviously sit down with the owners before making a decision, but I’d say it is likely we’ll go straight for the Guineas now. Frankie said he was a little bit rusty, but he is happy enough.”
Dettori said: “He hasn’t run for a while and still feels a bit stuffy, but physically he looks great.
“I’ll probably ride him once more before the Guineas. We know he’s got an engine and he’ll be a lot better come the Guineas. This was the first stepping stone and (yesterday) was all about getting him revved up.”
As for the competitive action, no Flat jockey is in better form than Jason Hart who took his tally of winners to four in 48 hours courtesy of a success aboard Surprise Vendor, who was winning the Jamaican Flight Handicap for a second successive year for trainer Stuart Coltherd, who is based in the Scottish Borders.
The success maintained North Yorkshire-based Hart’s winning run after the 2013 champion apprentice recorded a high-profile treble at Redcar on Bank Holiday Monday.
“He is just so genuine and loves it around here. He gallops all the way to the line for you and is very brave. Everything is going great for me at the moment and I hope this winning run will continue,” said the rider.
With the globetrotting Ryan Moore out of luck at the West Yorkshire track, there were also successes for two other young riders of note – Jack Garritty triumphed on Grandad’s Horse for Malton trainer Richard Fahey and Final Countdown took the finale under Joe Doyle for the aforementioned Quinn.
Epsom Derby favourite John F Kennedy will make his seasonal reappearance in the PW McGrath Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on Sunday.
The Galileo colt is one of six entries for Aidan O’Brien in the 10-furlong Group Three event, a traditional pointer towards Epsom in June.
Willie Mullins will rely upon Arctic Fire in tomorrow’s Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle – one of the opening day highlights of the Crabbies Grand National meeting – after deciding against running Hurricane Fly.
The pair had finished second and third respectively behind stablemate Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham last month.