Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Veteran Quito Is Ready to Achieve His Goal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Veteran Quito Is Ready to Achieve His Goal

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Byline: WILL HAYLER

ENGLAND fans will be hoping that if Quito triumphs at Royal Ascot tomorrow it won't be a bad omen for our World Cup hopes. The horse, which shares its name with the capital of Ecuador, will be going for glory in the Golden Jubilee Stakes just 24 hours before Sven-Goran Eriksson's men face the South Americans in Germany.

Nineteen runners have been declared for the final Group 1 race of the Royal Ascot meeting and, for jockey Tony Culhane, victory on his favourite horse would be particularly sweet.

In a season where fairytale victories have been the norm, only the brave would bet against the remarkable Quito giving another bold showing.

This might be the nine-year-old's 101st racecourse appearance, but there is no sign that he is slowing up as he edges towards a pensionable age in Flat racing terms.

Indeed, it was on his last start at Haydock Park that Culhane's mount turned in one of his bestever performances when winning the John of Gaunt Stakes.

That success saw his total prize money tally rise above the [pounds sterling]350,000 mark - almost 100 times what his trainer David Chapman paid for him at the sales in July 2002.

Based early in his career with Marcus Tregoning, Quito was then sent by his Arab owner to be trained in Dubai where he proved his mettle before losing his form.

But since Chapman took over, Quito has had 16 victories - all but two of which have been achieved with Culhane in the saddle.

"I always knew he was a good horse right from the very first time we ran him, but he's not always been sound," said Chapman.

"That's been his main trouble, but the vets have just about managed to keep on top of that.

"We had his joints cleaned up during the winter and the vets down at Newmarket did a very good job. He may have to go back again, but at the moment he's fine.

When you get older yourself you can sympathise with these old horses."

Quito has shown a preference in the past for some give in the ground, but Culhane is hopeful his mount can give a good account. …

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