Jockey Jack Quinlan rides two big winners at Kempton
Newmarket-based jockey Jack Quinlan rode a 1,716-1 double at Kempton on Monday.
His first winner of the afternoon onboard Fleur Irlandaise caused a big shock, with the four-year-old having gone off as a 100-1 shot in the Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle.
However, the daughter of No Risk At All ended up winning by four lengths and is now being aimed at the Cheltenham Festival by her trainer – Newmarket’s Nick Littmoden.
Quinlan said: “She came over from France and struggled a little bit initially.
“She obviously had a fright at Fakenham last time out and that is where the bookies got those odds from, but we drew a line through that immediately because we knew she was much better.
“Perhaps we were not confident of winning, but we were certainly confident that she could finish in the top four. She is improving all of the time and it would be great for everyone connected if she can end up running at the Festival.”
Quinlan followed that up with victory on another Newmarket horse – Amy Murphy’s Really Super – in the Weatherbys TBA Mares’ Handicap Chase.
“She was not at her best over the summer when she was introduced to hurdles but Amy deserves all of the credit.
“It was her decision to go with cheek pieces and to ride her aggressively. It certainly worked and she has really got her spark back.”
There had been a chance that Quinlan could have been in action at Cheltenham on Saturday with the Murphy-trained Kalashnikov, but the decision has been taken to swerve the BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase in favour of an outing at Newbury later this month.
Quinlan said of the Grade 1 winner: “We are very pleased with his work at home but the weights would go up a lot in what is an ultra competitive handicap chase at Cheltenham.
“We did not want to put everything into one run at this stage of the campaign.”