Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stewards Cup Draw's Crucial for Quinn Team

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stewards Cup Draw's Crucial for Quinn Team

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Byline: By Doug Moscrop

Malton trainer John Quinn discusses his Stewards' Cup challenge with Doug Moscrop, Racing Journalist of the Year.

FROM the moment you step into Bellwood Cottage Stables in the little village of Settrington on the outskirts of Malton, you are aware of attention to detail.

The yard is neat and tidy. The hanging baskets are in full bloom and spread evenly outside of the boxes. John Quinn is on top of the job though his green-fingered wife Sue takes credit for the floral arrangements.

Just what any potential owner wants to see when paying a first visit and each year new faces are coming Quinn's way. It's also important that the trainer knows the time of day and, in Quinn's case, he is going places.

Last year he had his best campaign with 37 winners and reckons he is on target to better that with 23 successes already.

Quinn has been going great guns with his sprinters and, for a relatively small stable, it's a feather in his cap that he has two speed merchants rated high enough to take their chance in today's Vodafone Stewards' Cup.

And, mark my words, Caribbean Coral and Fantasy Believer are not on the Sussex Downs for a change of scenery. At the top of their form they are serious contenders for the big Goodwood prize. Caribbean Coral has already bagged two, repaying his purchase price with interest by landing the Vodafone Dash at Epsom on Derby Day, following up in the Northern Rock Gosforth Park Cup.

When Quinn went to the sales and bought Caribbean Coral for 45,000 guineas out of Chris Wall's stable, he didn't have an owner for it at the time.

"The owners of Caribbean Coral were buying a couple of yearlings and were prepared to sell the horse at the right price to pay for them," explained Quinn.

"We had enjoyed a reasonable autumn in terms of winners and I thought he was worth the money. There were a few lads sniffing around looking for horses at the time and I had a good idea I could see him on.

"I liked him a lot. I liked his form. I remember at Newmarket last October I ran Smart Predator and I knew I had the horse in great fettle. …

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