JOHN QUINN has every reason to look forward to the second half of the Flat season with 29 winners under his belt already and over £222,000 in prize money.
The Malton trainer has averaged 32 winners in the past four years on the Flat but there would be no pricing him passing his personal best of 45 winners in 2009 with his team remaining in good form.
Moonlight Navigator won under Josephine Gordon in a ladies handicap at Carlisle on Monday and there were several near misses from several of his stable stalwarts in recent engagements to suggest that the bulls eye is not too far away.
Mistiroc could be in action for the Quinn team in the Shergar Cup this weekend and all in all it looks a flat season to savour for the dual purpose handler.
John said: "I am delighted to have 29 winners on the board and there are plenty more winner there. It's been a good season so far and let's hope it lasts."
John kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can swell his tally still further in the coming months.
6 ch g Sakhee's Secret - Angry Bark
Winner of five of his 30 starts. Returned to winning form on his latest start at Nottingham (1m 6f) in July when beating Nolecce a length and a quarter off a mark of 65. Currently rated 69.
"I took him out at Musselburgh last week as the ground was too quick but when he gets some cut he will win again. He is a horse to follow when conditions are in his favour."
6 b g Multiplex - Chebsey Belle
Winner of one of his 10 starts on the Flat. Finished fourth, beaten four and a quarter lengths, to Marengo at Chester (1m 5 1/2f) in July off his current mark of 73.
"He ran well at Chester on his latest start and is just starting to find his form now. He should be winning shortly on the flat and then over hurdles."
5 b m Tiger Hill - Cosmic Case
No wins from five runs on the Flat. Winning hurdler. Currently rated 55.
"She has won over hurdles and been placed on the Flat. I think she will win on the Flat when there's a bit of cut in the ground and she is one to keep on the right side between now and then end of the season."
7 b g Lawman Unchartered Haven
Winner of six of his 37 starts. Scored by a length and a quarter from Perceus at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in April when gaining his last success off a mark of 84. Currently rated 89.
"He is a good staying horse but he needs soft ground so will be a horse for the Autumn when the ground gets soft."
4 b g Lord of England - Western Eyes
Winner of two of his 16 starts. Beaten only a length by Itlaaq off a mark of 81 at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in June. Currently rated 83.
"He is a nice staying horse and we have schooled him over hurdles and he seems to have taken to it. He will run on the Flat and over hurdles and is one to keep on the right side."
5 br g Rocamadour - Mistinguett
Winner of four of his 21 starts. Returned to winning form when beating Newera half a length at Chester (1m 4 1/2f) in July off a mark of 88. Currently rated 91.
"He won at Chester last time and he will run in the Shergar Cup at Ascot this weekend. He is very well and sure to win again."
4 b/br c Henrythenavigator - Victorica
Winner of four of his 19 starts. Returned to winning form at Carlisle (1m) on Monday when beating Dubai Dynamo half a length off his current mark of 79.
"He has been in very good form and gained a deserved success in a ladies handicap at Carlisle on Monday. He has been very consistent and is one to keep on your side."
5 b g High Chaparral - Shine Like A Star
Winner of two of his 19 starts. Successful in a seller at Catterick (1m 6f) in June when beating Sinakar half a length. Currently rated 73.
"He has won a seller and been placed in handicaps and he runs in a claimer on Tuesday. He is a horse to follow and he likes fast ground. He is a horse that is sure to win a race or two soon."
6 b g Medicean - Play Bouzouki
Winner of three of his 22 starts. Best effort this term when fourth, beaten a length and a quarter, to See The Sun at York (6f) in May. Currently rated 93.
"He disappointed on his last start but there was a reason and he should win a handicap in due course."
ch f Zoffany - Sweet Kristeen
Winner of three of her 7 starts. Returned to winning ways at Carlisle (7f) in June when beating Popsies Joy a length and a quarter off a mark of 80. Currently rated 83.
"She has won again this year and ran really well at Chester recently where she didn't get a great run. She will win more races and will be out in the next couple of weeks."
ch c Approve - Drumcliffe Dancer
Winner of three of his 15 starts. Unplaced but beaten only three and a half lengths by the winner Laughton in a handicap at Goodwood (5f) last Thursday off his current mark of 86.
"He ran well at Goodwood last week but was drawn on the wrong side. The handicapper is starting to give him a chance now and he is one to keep on the right side. He will run in the decent Sprint handicaps."
b g Compton Place - Church Melody
Winner of one of his 10 starts. Currently rated 65.
"He is a horse that has been running well without winning and the handicapper has now given him a chance. I think he can win his races over six and seven furlongs in the next couple of months."
b g Approve - Miznapp
Winner of one of his 5 starts. Off the mark in a maiden at Ayr (6f) in April when beating Geno a length. Currently rated 75.
"He has already won this season and has run well and been placed since. He is a horse to keep on the right side for the rest of the season."
bl g Sinndar - Apperella
Winner of two of his 8 starts. Last win when beating Matilda a length at Beverley (1m 4f) in April off a mark of 72. Currently rated 75.
"He is a nice staying horse by Sinndar who has won a couple on the Flat and I think when he goes to a mile and six furlongs/two miles there is a little bit more improvement in him. He's another horse who likes a bit of cut so he's one to keep on your side when conditions are in his favour."
b g Royal Applause - Semaphore
Winner of one of his 11 starts. Cracking effort at Goodwood (7f) on Saturday when fifth, beaten only a length, to Hawatif off his current mark of 83.
"He hasn't been the luckiest horse but ran a great race at Goodwood on Saturday when beaten only a length in a blanket finish. He is horse that could easily win two or three before the end of the season."
b f Fast Company - Alltherightmoves
Winner of three of her 15 starts. Runner-up in her last two races over 6f and 7f at Catterick in July on the latter occasion failing by only a head off a mark of 74. Currently rated 70.
"She is a good little filly in her own class and she will be kept to claimers and sellers. She should win another race or two."
b g Fast Company - Trentini
Winner of three of his 7 starts. Made a winning reappearance at Newmarket (1m 2f in April when beating Zzoro three quarters of a length off a mark of 89. Currently rated 95.
"He was in good form earlier in the year but lost his form a bit and we have freshened him up. I think he is a horse that can do well in the Autumn."
SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE
gr g Zebedee - Sampers
Winner of two of his 11 starts. Successful at Ripon (6f) in July when beating Silver Sands three quarters of a length off a mark of 54 and followed up with a half length defeat of Bogsnog at Catterick (6f) four days later. Unplaced at Redcar last week off his current mark of 63.
"He has won two of his last three starts and I probably went a bit too soon at Redcar last week as he had run three times in 12 days. I am sure there is more in him and he will have a short break now and I'm sure he will bounce back."
THE LYNCH MAN
b g Sakhee's Secret - Diliza
Winner of one of his 10 starts. Off the mark at Ayr (1m) in July when beating Wayside Magic a neck off a mark of 65. Unplaced at Hamilton (1m 1/2f) on Saturday night off current mark of 70.
"He won recently at Ayr and it looks like he's suited by a mile with a bit of cut in the ground. He ran at Hamilton on Saturday night and disappointed but I wouldn't judge him on that effort and he can pick up another race or two in the next couple of months."
WORLDS HIS OYSTER
b c Pivotal - Regal Salute
Winner of one of his 8 starts. Creditable effort off his current mark of 79 when third, beaten three lengths, to Viscount Barfield at Chester (7 1/2f) in July.
"He ran a good race at Chester recently and he is in very good form now. He is a horse to keep on the right side and he is sure to win shortly."
ch g Excellent Art - Sparkling Crystal
Winner of two of his 10 starts. Successful at Hamilton (1m 1f) in May off a mark of 63 and subsequent victory at Catterick (1m 4f) in July when beating Becky The Thatcher three lengths off a mark of 69. Creditable effort at Thirsk (1m 4f) on Saturday when runner-up, beaten a length and three quarters, to Itlaaq off current mark of 77.
"He won a couple of races earlier in the season and ran another good race at Thirsk on Saturday. He is a nice tough horse and I think he will win another race or two before the year is out."
b f Zoffany - Murakva
Winner of one of her 8 starts. Scored by two lengths from Bad Girl Caoimhe in a maiden at Pontefract (6f) on her reappearance. Currently rated 75.
"She is a half sister to The Wow Signal and has already won this year and ran well at Newcastle. She likes a bit of soft ground and also goes on the polytrack and is one to keep an eye on."
b c Exceed And Excel - Eluding Bay
Placed in one of his two starts. Highly creditable effort latest start at Ayr (7f) in July when third, beaten only three quarters of a length, to Heir Of Excitement.
"He ran really well when third in his maiden at Ayr. He is a nice horse and he is sure to win races."
ch f Mayson - High Reserve
No wins from 2 starts. Creditable third, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Annointed ar Ripon (6f) in May.
"She has run well a couple of times and the quicker ground didn't suit her at Ripon last time. I think she is a filly who will win a couple of nurseries at the backend."
b f Helmet - Dorothy Dene
Promise in two starts at Beverley (5f) in July and Ripon (6f) on Monday.
"She has run well in both of her starts and she can only get better with further experience. She look sure to win races."
ch c Kyllachy - Hill Welcome
No wins from 5 starts. Best effort when third, beaten two lengths, to Tawny Port at Nottingham (6f) in July off a mark of 59. Disappointing in a similar event at Hamilton (6f) on Saturday night off his current mark of 58.
"He was placed in his first nursery and then was slightly disappointing at Hamilton on Saturday night but he's a horse who could win a race this year.
ch c Power - My Sweet Georgia
Winner of one of his 2 starts. Off the mark at Newcastle (7f) in July when beating Drochaid a nose.
"He won over seven furlong at Newcastle recently and is a nice staying horse who is sure to win a nice nursery."
b c Congrats - Screen Giant
Promise in two starts. Finished fifth, beaten only five lengths, to Lanjano at Redcar (6f) last week.
"He is a nice colt and ran a nice race at Redcar the other day on his second run. He is sure to win races."
b f Requinto - A L'Aube
Promise in four start and came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Showdance Kid at Carlisle (6f) in June.
"She has run well in three maiden the latest being novice event at Carlisle last week. where she came to have every chance but the ground was just too soft, which didn't suit her, but she is sure to win her nurseries.
b f Sir Prancealot - Emmas Princess
Runner-up in two of her 6 starts. Beaten a length and three quarters by Bismarck The Flyer in a seller at Catterick (6f) last Friday.
"She ran in a seller at Catterick last week and that is her grade but she is sure to win races."
b c Kodiac - Trombe
Winner of one of his 3 starts. Made a successful debut at Beverley (5f) in July when beating Whirl Me Round a nose and unplaced in a nursery at Goodwood (6f) last week off current mark of 81.
"He ran in a very good Nursery at Goodwood last week and was unplaced but not beaten too far and he is sure to win a good Nursery somewhere."
THE NAZCA LINE
ch c Fast Company - Princess Banu
Winner of one of his 8 starts. Finished fifth, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Major Jumbo in a nursery at Thirsk (5f) on Saturday off his current mark of 81.
"He has been very consistent and won his maiden at Ripon and was placed in a nursery at Chester where things didn't really go his way. He loves top of the ground and is sure to win more races."
THE STALKING MOON
b f Arcano - Cornakill
Beaten only three quarters of a length by Jacquard on her debut at Catterick (6f in July and unplaced to Rhododendron at Goodwood (7f) last week.
"She wasn't good enough to bother the fillies down at Goodwood last week but is good enough to win plenty of races in the North."
TRICK OF THE LYTE
b c Kodiac - Alpine River
No wins from 5 starts. Best effort when third, beaten three quarters of a length, to Coolfitch in a nursery at Carlisle (6f) in July off a mark of 62. Currently rated 63.
"He ran well on his nursery debut at Carlisle and ran a respectable race in similar company at Chester on Sunday. He is sure to win races.
HUBERTAS - ran well at Doncaster when last seen out and has a decent staying handicap in him soon.
MISTIROC - in great form and goes to the Shergar Cup at Ascot this weekend in great form.
MOONLIGHTNAVIGATOR - gained reward for his consistency in a ladies handicap at Carlisle on Monday and more to come.
AL SHAHANIYA - still relatively lightly raced and didn't get best of runs latest start. Can add to her tally soon.
PROJECT BLUEBOOK - one to keep in mind in a staying handicap when the mud is flying.
GEORGE REME - good effort when winning at Newcastle last time and can win a decent staying nursery.