Lennox and Foret on the agenda as Safe Voyage bounces back to form
Safe Voyage bounced back to form in emphatic style to win the Listed 7f City Plate Stakes under a confident front-running ride by Jason Hart.
The John Quinn-trained eight-year-old had beaten just one rival in his last three races but the Ross Harmon-owned 15-8 favourite comfortably made all to take the £50,000 contest.
Quinn, who landed this race with another eight-year-old Blythe Knight in 2008, was delighted to see his stable favourite return to form, and said: "He’s a wonderful horse, we’re so pleased because as they get older, it’s like with people, you just wonder.
"He didn’t have a great experience in America [last in the Breeders' Cup Mile]. The ground ended up being very firm and he had a very hard time.
"The Lockinge didn’t go according to plan, but I wasn’t disappointed with him at Haydock. The last three weeks at home I’ve been very happy with him, so I was fairly confident he’d run a big race."
Targets at Goodwood and Longchamp are next on the agenda as Quinn expressed relief that there are still plenty of races left for his veteran. He added: "I needed to see what we saw there and now there’s a great autumn campaign for him all over Europe.
"I’ve got the Lennox firmly in my mind, and I’ve got the Prix de la Foret, in which he was a close-up third last year."
Hart completed a productive day’s work when winning the valuable 1m6½f handicap on the Ralph Beckett-trained 9-4 shot Oman.
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