Racing: Roger Charlton’s Quest for glory

Jockey Seamie Heffernan guides Alice Springs to victory. Picture: Pat Healy/PA
Jockey Seamie Heffernan guides Alice Springs to victory. Picture: Pat Healy/PA
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Quest For More can take advantage of a favourable draw to give Roger Charlton a first success in the John Smith’s Northumberland Plate at Newcastle.

The five-year-old has been drawn in stall three in the two-mile test, with recent history suggesting that a single-figure post position is a necessity for a winning run.

Quest For More appeals as a horse who has only really found his feet since being stepped up to the longer trips, although he had enough toe to win over an extended mile back in 2013.

However, switching to distances of 12 furlongs and upwards has seen him win four times, including a decent success over a mile and six at Goodwood last month. He was running off a career-high mark of 96 but he travelled well throughout the race before prevailing by half a length over the well-fancied favourite Oasis Fantasy. A further 8lb hike for that success is hardly ideal but given this will be only his third run over this trip, the handicapper may not yet quite have his measure.

Danzeno can repeat his success of last year in the Betfred Chipchase Stakes.

He put his best foot forward for Michael Appleby on his seasonal return in the Temple Stakes at Haydock and lost little in being just under two lengths in fourth.

Five furlongs is perhaps a bit sharp for him, particularly as it was his first run of the year, so back to six, with a run under his belt, makes him hard to beat.

Seven furlongs appears to be the trip for Markaz and he is taken to shine in the John Sunley Memorial Criterion Stakes at Newmarket.

The three-year-old was most useful as a juvenile and posted an excellent effort when second over seven furlongs in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket last autumn. However, this term has not gone quite to plan as he clashed with Limato on his seasonal bow and again on his last run at Haydock. The winner that day, Adaay, may have disappointed in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot but Limato advertised the value of the form in finishing second and it was certainly no disgrace for Markaz to be beaten by him. He is possibly not quite sharp enough for a sprint and this looks the right kind of level.

Dubday can enjoy his moment in the sun in the Marshall Maserati Supporting The AHT Fred Archer Stakes.

Jassim Al Ghazali’s charge notched six wins in as many starts in Qatar since transferring from Germany and was hardly disgraced in being beaten six lengths by Telescope on his British bow.

Dubday was in turn four lengths clear of the third and clearly has plenty of ability.

Huntsmans Close can make amends for his Royal Ascot mishap in the Unibet Live Ashes Betting On Every Ball Handicap at Windsor and give the Charlton team an across-the-card double. The five-year-old was well fancied for last week’s Wokingham on the back of a narrow defeat at Newmarket at the beginning of last month, but he unshipped his rider going out onto the track and after running loose for some time, he was eventually withdrawn.

Huntsmans Close can now redeem himself by landing this prize on the way to bigger engagements.

Ferdy is the choice in Chester’s Mint Staffing Solutions Handicap, while Saumur can strike in the Imtech Maiden Auction Stakes at Lingfield.