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Friday 24 November 2017

Angry Martin is still reeling

Quest owner's shock at Guineas demotion yet to subside

Owner Noel Martin's shock has yet to subside following Jacqueline Quest's demotion into second in the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas.

Henry Cecil's filly was first past the post in the second Classic of the season, but was adjudged to have interfered with runner-up Special Duty, who was awarded the race.

Martin said: "I thought that British horseracing was trying not to be like the French, putting the emphasis on the jockey because he makes a mistake.

"I was rather shocked (at the decision), just like everybody else."

Martin was asked if he would consider appealing.

He added: "How can you appeal? I have spoken to Henry and he says no. We're looking into it.

"People are saying the newspapers are getting involved and we want to see what the public thinks.



ROBBED

"People say I've been robbed, and 20 or 30 people have come up to me today. But I'm not going to lose sleep over it."

Sent From Heaven, meanwhile, is likely to be given another chance to grab Classic glory following her fine effort in the race.

Barry Hills' charge was sent off at 33/1 for Sunday's fillies' Classic but belied her odds to finish a close fourth having made much of the running.

The French and Irish 1000 Guineas are both possible targets for the daughter of Footstepsinthesand and the trainer's son and assistant, Charlie, believes there is plenty more to look forward to this season.

"It was a fantastic effort from her and she is a filly who always seems to run her race," said Hills jnr.

"She was lucky to get the rail, which really helped, and she stayed on and galloped all the way to the line.

"She's come out of the race well and we'll have to have a good think about where we go next.

"She's in the French Guineas but she's not in the Irish Guineas at the moment, so we'll have to see how it all pans out.

"The French is only two weeks away, and with the Irish at least you've got that week longer, but she would have to be supplemented.

"She's in the Coronation Stakes as well and we'd certainly look at that as she's done absolutely nothing wrong.

"She improved a lot over the winter so we went to Newmarket thinking she'd run a big race and she did, so we've got a nice filly on our hands for the rest of the season."



DISAPPOINTING

Andrew Balding is at a loss to explain Pipette's disappointing effort in the race.

The Pivotal filly was sent off at 12-1 for the fillies' Classic on the back of an impressive success in conditions company at Kempton but she trailed home 13th of the 17 runners.

"She's come out of the race fine and we were obviously very disappointed," said Balding.

"Although the draw didn't help her, she didn't run her race for whatever reason and, at the moment, there is nothing obvious.

"We'll just have to go back to the drawing board -- we're not sure where she'll go next."

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