Trainer Charlie Appleby admits Quorto will now be considered for the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket after his win in the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.
The two-year-old was unbeaten heading into the Group One contest but the bay colt showed tremendous pace to beat Anthony Van Dyck and Christmas.
Quorto started his career by winning two races at Newmarket and the Godolphin-owned horse could soon be returning to HQ.
He is now as short as 8.00 to win the 2000 Guineas next year and Appleby admits a run in the Dewhurst is now on the cards.
“The team were all confident coming into today that he was as good as he was, if not a bit better, than he was going to the Superlative,” Appleby said.
“We had a lot of confidence and it was just a matter of seeing where we were. I feel now he’s put himself there as hopefully a contender for the Guineas next year.
“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed was straight on the phone afterwards and delighted with the result. It’s a nice conversation to have, but I’m sure we’ll probably be looking towards the Dewhurst.
“On the dam’s side you have a lot of stamina, as she (Volume) was placed in the Oaks. He’s a horse that, from what we’ve seen so far, he travels very well through his races.
“If you were to pin me down now I’d say a mile was his trip and a mile and a quarter might be his maximum, just because of the make-up of the horse.”