Corinthia Knight cements Finals Day claims with Newcastle victory

Wed 21 Feb 2018

Corinthia Knight won his second Fast-Track Qualifier for All-Weather Championship Finals Day when making every yard of the running in the 32Red Casino Conditions Stakes at Newcastle.

A winner over six furlongs at Kempton last time out, there is little doubt he is better suited to the minimum trip, where he can put his blistering speed to good use.

Eddie Greatrex managed to get him settled nicely at the head of affairs, before a burst of speed two furlongs from home took him three lengths clear.

David Simcock's Stone Of Destiny, having just his second run, came out of the pack to throw down a challenge, but Archie Watson's star won by a length and three-quarters.

Sent off the 11-10 favourite, Corinthia Knight was busy last season, taking in Royal Ascot, the Super Sprint at Newbury and the Breeders' Cup, but is proving far from a one-season wonder.

"He's a pleasure to train. In truth, he doesn't take too much training so I can't take too much credit," said Watson.

"That was his first run on a straight track today on the all-weather, but he had put in some good runs on straight tracks on turf.

"That was probably the most impressive he's ever been. Eddie held on to him and pushed the button at the right time and he's not had a hard race. He's beat decent horses a long way, I think the second horse must be nice being able to do that on just his second run.

"He'll head for the three-year-old final and whether he runs before is the question, as he thrives on his racing and is very competitive in all these races."

Top-weight Straight Right defied a mark of 100 to win the Handicap for Andrew Balding.

With £45,000 on offer, an ultra-competitive field was assembled but the French import, who finished seventh in the Commonwealth Cup behind Caravaggio for previous connections, fairly flew home under Martin Dwyer, who picked up a three-day ban for careless riding.

Charlie Hills picked up a £290 fine after his runner Jetstream landed the 32Red On The App Store Novice Stakes at 25-1.

Last on his debut, the three-year-old had undergone a wind operation subsequently, but Hills had forgotten to make that information known until after final declarations and, as a result, it was not in the racecard, which has recently become a requirement.

The British Horseracing Authority's head of media Robin Mounsey said: "Charlie Hills notified the BHA on the morning of the race that his horse Jetstream had undergone a wind operation since its last run, but that his team had failed to inform the Racing Calendar office.

"The stewards at the racecourse held an enquiry and accepted an explanation that he had forgotten to notify the Racing Calendar in error. They also noted that the trainer himself had informed the BHA of the error in order that the wind surgery could be made public before the race.

"As a result the trainer was fined the lower level £290 rather than the £650 fine. The new regulations are only one-month old and the BHA will continue to monitor all aspects of the rules as they go through the bedding-in process."

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