Millenary Edges Air Marshall in St. Leger
Updated: Sunday, September 10, 2000 9:42 PM
Posted: Saturday, September 9, 2000 3:10 PM
L. Neil Jones' Millenary earned his fourth career victory from seven starts as the 3-year-old colt and Air Marshall repeated their one-two finish from August's Peugeot Gordon Stakes (Eng-III) in Saturday's Rothmans Royals St. Leger Stakes (Eng-I) at Doncaster, England. Under Richard Quinn, Millenary pulled away from Air Marshall in the final 100 yards to win by 3/4 lengths at the wire, with Crimes at Midnight another length back in third. Media Puzzle came home fourth, and Dalampour fifth in the 11-horse field. Sent off as the favorite at odds of just under 3-1, Millenary (Rainbow Quest -- Ballerina, by Dancing Brave) completed the just over 14 1/2 furlongs in 3:02.58 while racing over good to firm ground.
"I was left in front two furlongs out today and he just wasn't racing, but once Air Marshall came alongside, (Millenary) started racing again," Quinn told Sporting Life. "In the end he's won with a bit to spare."
The win is the fourth in five starts this year for the John Dunlop trainee, the lone blemish coming in an eighth-place finish in the Emirates Airline Prix du Jockey Club-French Derby (Fr-I), won by Holding Court. The 3/4-length margin of victory marks his largest margin at the wire in his four career wins. He defeated Air Marshall by a nose in the Peugeot Gordon Stakes at Goodwood in August and Windsor Boy by a 1/2 length in the Victor Chandler Chester Vase (Eng-III) in May, after winning his seasonal debut by a head in April.
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