Kiama Bay and Countrywide Flame represent John Quinn in Chester Cup
Last Updated: 07/05/13 1:24pm
John Quinn: Now has two runners in Wednesday's Chester Cup
John Quinn, responsible for ante-post favourite Countrywide Flame, got a pleasant surprise on Tuesday morning when first reserve Kiama Bay made it into the StanJames.com Chester Cup on the Roodee on Wednesday.
The seven-year-old, who was sixth in the race 12 months ago, will replace the lame Montaser who was withdrawn by trainer David Simcock before the deadline for reserves to be included in the maximum 19-strong field.
"It's great to have two runners. Kiama Bay ran a good race in it last race but the ground was probably too soft for him. He's in very good form and is working well, so we are hoping for a good run," said the Malton trainer.
Countrywide Flame has proved himself to be a very smart dual purpose performer. Since finishing second in the Cesarewitch in his last start on the level, the five-year-old has won the Fighting Fifth and taken third place in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
"We're happy with him. He's also in good form and I'm expecting a good run out of him as well," said Quinn.
"Both are course winners, so we just hope for the best. We just need a bit of luck in running and hopefully one of them will pop up."
David Pipe is better known as a jumps trainer but his Flat runners must always be respected and he sent out Mamlook to land this prize three years ago.
The Nicholashayne trainer is represented by Investissement this time.
The seven-year-old was last seen running over hurdles at Musselburgh in January, but he did have decent form on the Flat for trainer John Gosden most notably when third to Moyenne Corniche in the Betfred Ebor at York in August 2011.
"We won this race a few years ago with Mamlook and although Investissement does have to improve on his most recent hurdling form, he does have some very useful flat form to his name," he told www.davidpipe.com.
"He will prefer returning to a quicker surface and Willie Twiston- Davies rides taking a valuable 5lb off his back."
Buckland makes a quick reappearance after finishing fourth to Estimate in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last week.
His trainer Hans Adielsson believes the five-year-old, who won four times on the all-weather earlier in 2013, has taken those exertions really well.
"It was a hard race for him but I think he has taken it well. From his body language, I think he will run a good race tomorrow," said the Wantage handler.
"Whether that will be good enough I don't know. It's a tight race and is usually a rough race, but he seems to be well.
"He stayed the two miles well last time but I don't know if will stay the extra distance tomorrow. All I can say is that the horse seems to be in good order."
Michael Bell is concerned about the wide 15 draw for his runner Suraj.
The four-year-old returned to his yard after a spell jumping with Jonjo O'Neill during the winter.
"His draw isn't great, but he's an interesting horse," said the Newmarket trainer.
"We'll have to drop him in and hope for a bit of luck in running, but if he gets lit up by the occasion, hopefully he's capable of running well. I'm hoping the hustle and bustle of a race like this could bring out the best in him."
Donald McCain has landed this prestigious staying handicap for the last two years with Overturn and Ile De Re.
The Cholmondeley handler is double-handed this time with Thimaar accompanying the latter, who is going for back-to-back wins.
"Ile De Re is grand. He could do with a bit of rain, but we're happy with him," he said.
"He's won a Chester Cup so you expect him to be higher in the ratings this time. It's fine, we're not complaining.
"He's just not quite as effective over hurdles as he is on the Flat so we will stick to that.
"Thimaar also has good Flat form but has been disappointing over hurdles so far. He loves good ground or faster, so at the moment he's got his ground and could be interesting.
"We've put blinkers on just to sharpen him up a touch as you need to be rolling away round Chester."
Richard Fahey won this race in 2005 with Greenwich Meantime and is double-handed with Address Unknown and Ingleby Spirit.
The former will now by ridden by Jamie Spencer as his original mount was another Dr Marwan Koukash-owned horse, Montaser, who is now a non-runner.
"Both have got single figure draws which is always an advantage round there," said the Malton handler.
"Address Unknown has won over two miles and stays well while it's the first time over this trip on the Flat for Ingleby Spirit, but he should stay as well."