Lucy Warwick consolidated her lead in the Touchstone Farm Rising Star Series after guiding Quintessence to victory in the Return To Ascot Just Around The Corner Handicap (1700m) at Belmont’s final midweek meeting of the season on Wednesday.
Warwick sent Quintessence straight to the front after jumping from barrier four and from that point on the Brett Pope-trained mare was never headed, striding clear to defeat Don’tgetcaught by a half-length with Quite Regal filling third placing.
Warwick attempted the same run with Kamiko, a horse trained by her father, Justin, who commenced a $2.50 favourite, but the Choisir mare faded into third placing after being overrun by Stable Secret and Pushin Shapes.
Jake Casey maintains second position from Mollie Clark after his third placing on the Jayne Busslinger-trained Military Precision. The Patronize mare finished 2 1/2 lengths adrift of hot favourite, Arcadia Dream.
Jordan Turner jumped into fourth place after the Lou Luciani-trained Ye Olde scored in a thrilling three way photo finish from pacesetter, Ruling Force and Paddy’s Flat. The margins on the line were a nose by a head.
The next round of the Touchstone Farm Rising Star Series will be conducted at Northam on Thursday.