Roger Charlton Observing Quadrilateral's Classic Options


Trainer Roger Charlton is closely monitoring what is going on with the British flat season this year as the unbeaten Quadrilateral waits for her chance in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

The unbeaten three year old set he fillies division alight last season when landing all three of her contests including the bet365 Fillies' Mile on her final start to date.

She is currently the favourite for the 1000 Guineas that was set to take place at Newmarket during the first weekend in May but due to the ongoing circumstances in the sport this will not be happening.

Charlton is waiting on the ruling by the BHA as to when racing will return and when and if the classics that will have been missed including the Guineas and Derby meeting, will be rescheduled.

(Credit At The Races) Charlton said: “I think she’s wintered very well really. She came into training quite late last year and she was always a well-grown, strong filly. She hasn’t actually grown much, but she has put on weight, she weighs 500 kilos, which is quite a lot for a three-year-old filly.

“She’s a very attractive, easy to train filly and obviously her races progressed and she toughed it out I thought in the Group One at the end of the year. Probably a furlong out she wasn’t going to win, then we got a lucky break up the rail and clearly a mile plus will suit her this year.”

When asked about whether it was a nightmare situation with the Classics being delayed this season the trainer said: “It’s a difficult question. We’re all in a very changing world, not only horse racing but everything else, and we’ve really got to the stage now where the horses are ticking over.

“If it’s rescheduled to be on June 5 or whatever it is, that is still five and a half weeks away, so there’s no rush or panic. As to whether we would have had a better chance earlier on, I honestly don’t know. I think it’s difficult to tell.

“I think what’s interesting is what comes, whether we’re allowed to go to Ireland or France or vice versa, because interestingly at the original entry stage, which has now been scrapped, I think there were 71 fillies entered but only 13 of them were in the UK, so 80 per cent of the entries in the original 1000 Guineas came from Ireland and I think possibly one in France.

“The race may change, we just don’t know.”