The well-supported 5/4 favourite Corinthia Knight, trained by Archie Watson, registered a comfortable half-length success in the £150,000 32Red Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championships over six furlongs.
Always well positioned under Oisin Murphy, the progressive son of Society Rock quickened up smartly to register his seventh success on the All-Weather from nine starts.
Corinthia Knight had previously won two Fast-Track Qualifiers at Kempton and Newcastle in January and February before landing a Listed contest at Chantilly earlier this month.
Winning rider Murphy said: “I am absolutely thrilled for Archie and all his team. This is a very valuable race. Corinthia Knight is already a Listed winner and is a credit to everyone involved with him.
“I knew I was on the best horse, I just didn’t want to mess it up. He jumped nicely and he was always going to win from where he was.
“He is really nice horse to have and is a bit of a flagbearer for the stable at the moment. I am fortunate to partner him.
“He is pretty good on turf as well, it’s just he has not run as much on it.
“It’s unfortunate that the weather is like this, but it’s a decent day with plenty of good horses on show.”
LAKE VOLTA SECOND IN THE RAIN
Joe Fanning, rider of 12/1 chance, Lake Volta, who came home half-a-length adrift of the winner, 5/4 favourite, Corinthia Knight. However, Fanning wasn’t disappointed by the performance of the Mark Johnston-trained runner.
“He ran a good race.” Fanning said: “He was a little unlucky, I didn’t have the best of the runs round, he just got stopped a little bit.
“We made up a lot of ground but didn’t get there,
“There is a nice race in him. It is a shame in a good race like this to get beaten. We were just unlucky.”
Trainer of the third home, Rock On Baileys, Chris Dwyer, said of his 12/1 chance: “I am very happy. She has proved herself today, she is a tough filly who is coming off a five time winning streak and it is nice today to see her battle on like that.
“We might try a Listed race with her next. Maybe one at Bath or there is a race at Nottingham that might suit. We are in no rush though.”
GREAT DAY FOR ONTOAWINNER SYNDICATE
Simon Bridges, one of the directors of the Ontoawinner syndicate, was understandably thrilled with today’s result and the victory of the team’s 5/4 favourite Corinthia Knight in the £150,000 32Red 3 Year Old All-Weather Championships over six furlongs.
“We have 58 horses in training, and three with Archie [Watson] and the string is growing rapidly – I am sure he will be getting more now!” smiled Bridges. “He is one of the most up and coming trainers in the UK right now and seems able to turn ordinary horses into nice horses who win races. And if you give him a good horses, he clearly can do the job – and it is all credit to his team.
“Corinthia Knight was a worthy favourite, there was a bit of concern whether he had peaked, but today has shown exactly what he is.
“As for plans, Archie has done really well for us so far so we’ll listen to what he has to say and be guided by him. He found the horses for us.”
Trainer Watson said: “Corinthia Knight is very straightforward. He is so tough and tries so hard. I am delighted for the owners, and I am delighted for Oisin and the whole team at home.
“I think that he is best over a stiff five furlongs on turf or six furlongs around a bend on the All-Weather. He takes his training so well, thrives on it and there is no need to give him a break. There is an option in France or the Group 3 Pavilion Stakes at Ascot.”