Grendisar could head for Winter Derby Trial

 A horse with one of the most remarkable records on all-weather surfaces is Grendisar, who before Christmas led home a one-two for Newmarket-based trainer Marco Botti in the 10-furlong £40,000 Listed Coral App Download From The App Store Quebec Stakes at Linfield Park.
Grendisar winning at Lingfield Park earlier this month

Grendisar winning at Lingfield Park earlier this month  Photo: ARC

The four-year-old ridden by Adam Kirby, scored his sixth victory from 21 All-Weather starts and he has also been second 10 times and third once. Grendisar is still on the upgrade and that win was his second in Listed company and first at 10 furlongs since his initial success back in January, 2013. The other four successes for the Invincible Spirit colt have come at 12 furlongs.

Botti said: “Grendisar is very good on the All-Weather and he loves the Polytrack surface at Lingfield. He can do any trip – the Lingfield victory was over  a mile and quarter but he does prefer a stronger pace.

“He is one of those horses who is never impressive, he saves something for himself. But I would say he is genuine and he has been so consistent. The handicapper has put him up to 108 now so we will keep him for Listed and Group races.

“There is another Listed race, the Winter Derby Trial, in February and then we will look forward to the Winter Derby (March 14) and the All-Weather Championships on Good Friday.”

The trainer reported that both Energia Davos, second to Grendisar, and his other winner at Lingfield the same day, the Luke Morris-ridden Edu Querido in the mile Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes, will be heading to Dubai for the World Cup Carnival which starts in January.


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