Spirit Quartz goes for repeat as Joe bids to bolster British record
Midsummer Sprint Stakes | Listed | 5f | 3yo+ | ATR
First run in 2011, this event has been won by British trainers on four occasions and Paul Midgley, who sent out Line Of Reason to score two years ago, is represented by ten-year-old Monsieur Joe, who will be seeking a 14th win on his 84th start.
Seeking back-to-back victories in the race is Spirit Quartz, who was trained by Robert Cowell when landing the race a year ago. The nine-year-old is now with Barry Murphy in County Wexford.
Out of Africa
Making his Irish debut is the Fozzy Stack-trained Misty Birnam, who won twice for Mike de Kock in South Africa, where he was placed at Group 1 and Group 2 level. His wins were achieved over seven furlongs and this race will be his first over the minimum trip.
No three-year-old has won this contest but six of the 11 runners represent the age group here. They include Misty Birnam, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Alphabet, the Michael Halford-trained Yulong Baobei and Eddie Lynam's twice-placed maiden Pious Alexander, who is fitted with a first-time tongue tie.
What they say
Barry Murphy, trainer of Spirit Quartz
He's very well and loves a straight and flat five furlongs. He's had three runs for us and ran well on his first two starts before having a bad draw when carrying a lot of weight in a handicap last time.
Fozzy Stack, trainer of Misty Birnam
He had good form in South Africa. The trip is possibly on the short side for him and he hasn't run for almost a year, but this is an opportunity to get him started and he seems in good form.
Willie McCreery, trainer of Ostatnia
There's plenty of pace around her, which will suit her. Hopefully she'll chase them and stay on into the money. The ground drying out will suit.
Michael Halford, trainer of Yulong Baobei
She's in good form. It's a fast sprint course and the quicker the ground the better. She has a good chance based on official ratings.
Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Alphabet
She has lots of speed and seems in good form, but she handles ease well and hopefully the ground won't get too quick for her.