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Great Hall delivers first Ascot win for Mick Quinn
13 Aug 2017 | Ascot Racecourse 

Great Hall's win in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge was a first Ascot triumph for trainer Mick Quinn.

Great Hall, a 12/1 shot, beat Gawdawpalin by a length and a quarter under Fran Berry.

 

 

 

Delight from Berry as Great Hall wins, photo Liesl King

 

 

Former footballer Quinn said: "He's been a little bit unlucky, this lad. Either the ground's dried out or there hasn't been enough pace, and the jockeys have come back and said, 'there's a nice one in him, there's a nice one in him.'

 

"I think it all fell into place today. We talked about tactics before. He wants a decent pace and to come from off the pace. Fran drove him up with a furlong to go and he held on. He had a nice pace, came there to win his race and he liked the ground as well.

 

"Fran's had three rides for me - two winners and a second. So it was three Hail Marys and two Our Fathers when the draw came out on Tuesday, and when the weights came out and I saw we were in it, I had a few quid on at 20/1.

 

"We're a small yard, 12 horses, and we don't have many runners here. I think the last was Angus Newz, an old sprinter we used to have.

 

"A nice prize like this gives you a great boost to keep going."

 

Berry, who is a previous winner of the Silver Saddle (2010) celebrated his third Shergar Cup success.

 

"I was delighted to get the call up, it's a privilege to be here, but even better to ride a winner," said Berry. "It's a big thrill, and even bigger for Mick Quinn, he's been good to me since I turned freelance.

 

"It's great to give Mick a top winner like this in a valuable handicap. It's big kick for him as he has a small stable. He had the horse in top shape and was quietly confident; the horse was back down to his best rating and the [soft] ground was a big factor for him."

 

 

 

Great Hall, photo Liesl King

 

 

 2.15pm £45,000 Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge 1m 4f

For 4yo+, rated 76-95 (also open to such horses rated 96 and 97; such horses rated 75 and below are also eligible). Lowest weight 8st 9lb; highest weight 10st. Penalties, after August 5, 2017, for each race won 3lb.

 

1) GREAT HALL 7-9-10 Mick Quinn [4] Fran Berry GBI 12/1 15 POINTS

2) GAWDAWPALIN (IRE) 4-9-09 Sylvester Kirk [11] Jamie Spencer GBI 2/1 Fav 10 POINTS

3) OASIS FANTASY (IRE) 6-9-10 David Simcock [9] Adrie De Vries EUR 8/1 7 POINTS

4) NIBLAWI (IRE) 5-9-11 Neil Mulholland [12] Emma-Jayne Wilson GIRLS  7/2 5 POINTS

5) MUKHAYYAM 5-9-12 Tim Easterby [3] Hayley Turner GIRLS 3 POINTS

6) KAPSTADT (FR) 7-9-08 Ian Williams [7] Hollie Doyle (3) GIRLS

7) PETITE JACK 4-9-12 Archie Watson [1] Anthony Delpech ROW

8) MANJAAM (IRE) 4-9-13 Ed Dunlop [5] Kerrin McEvoy ROW

9) KAATSKILL NAP (FR) 4-9-10 Venetia Williams [10] Alexander Pietsch EUR

10) JACOB CATS 8-9-11 William Knight [6] Keita Tosaki ROW

 

10 ran

Time: 2m 37.18s

Distances: 1¼, hd, hd, hd, 1¾, 2¾, ½, nk, 6    

Breeder: Aston House Stud

Breeding: b g Halling (USA) - L'Affaire Monique (Machiavellian (USA))

Tote Win £15.60 Places: £3.70; £1.40; £2.20 Exacta: £46.80

 
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