Luca Cumani is already looking forward to campaigning his new acquisition Quest For Peace in some of the best middle distances events next season but was more than happy to settle for victory at the first time of asking as the ex-Irish colt beat last year’s St Leger winner Artic Cosmos in good style on his British debut at Ascot on Saturday, writes Elliot Slater.
The Galileo colt left Aidan O’Brien’s care as recently as September 26 and paid an immediate instalment on his purchase price when proving two-lengths too good for Arctic Cosmos in the Group 3 Grosvenor Casino Cumberland Lodge Stakes, running home in the manner of a horse who could have a serious future at the trip in the year to come.
Even though he’d been at his yard just five days Cumani expressed little surprise at the result, conceding that he would have been disappointed if the three-year-old hadn’t gone very close having shown plenty of sparkle in a recent piece of work on his new home gallops at Newmarket.
Rated 99 coming into this contest, Quest For Peace wasn’t among many people’s Racing betting tips but is now sure to incur a major rise in his official rating, with the runner-up (who admittedly would have been in need of the outing), rated 120 on his classic win last year. There was plenty to like about the way the ex-Ballydoyle colt went about his business, the form being given a solid look with the ultra-consistent Nanton finishing six-lengths behind the winner in third place.
Cumani’s charge was completing a hattrick of successes that began with a four-length win in maiden company at Leopardstown in April, and was continued in July when winning the listed Lenebane Stakes at Roscommon from the decent Haziyna. It is little wonder then that he was given plenty of column inches in the Horse Racing betting news.
There will be just one more outing for Quest For Peace this term with his handler weighing up the possibility of a run in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury or having a crack a t the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine on October 16.