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Appleby: We have put Quotro away for the year


Charlie Appleby

Charlie Appleby

Charlie Appleby

Unbeaten two-year-old Quotro is finished for the season trainer Charlie Appleby confirmed yesterday.

The impressive Godolphin-owned colt was victorious at the Curragh on Irish Champions Weekend when winning the Group One Vincent O'Brien National Stakes but won't race again until next year.

Appleby has skipped the temptation to run in the Dewhurst Stakes and will now concentrate on preparing the son of Dubawi for next season's Classics.

"He has done exceptionally well in his first season, winning his Group Two and Group One, and progressing all the time," Appleby said.

"The 2,000 Guineas has always been the long-term plan, and following discussions with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, we have decided to put him away for the year."

Meanwhile, eight years Quotro's elder, Gordon Lord Byron is set to make a quick reappearance at Naas this weekend.

Tom Hogan's stable star was sent to Czech Republic last weekend where he finished fifth but with a suitably dry forecast for the coming week, Hogan is eyeing up the Group Three Renaissance Stakes for the 10-year-old.

Hogan said yesterday: "He's come back from Prague in good form. He ate up when he got back and seems well in himself so if everything continues to go right with him over the next few days the plan would be for him to run and Billy Lee will ride him.

"He needs good ground to be at his best these days. Unfortunately it rained in Prague and the ground got a little loose on top so he couldn't get any traction. Hopefully it will stay dry for the rest of the week."

Bookmakers Paddy Power have priced up Sunday's feature race at Naas, making Mount Everest the 11/8 favourite for the Group Two Dewhurst Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien will attempt to win the race for a 18th time and the Curragh maiden winner looks likely to spearhead his assault on the race this weekend.