John Quinn

Highfield Princess To Resume Training Next Month

Multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) will resume training on Feb. 1, trainer John Quinn announced on Tuesday. "Highfield Princess is going to stay in training this year and I'm delighted," Quinn said. "She retained her enthusiasm all year and keeps doing it. She won another Group 1, was placed in three Group 1s and won a Group 2, so it's not as if she had one outstanding run and four or five runs below par. "She had one disappointing run in the Curragh when...

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Highfield Princess Will Skip Breeders' Cup In Favor of Hong Kong Sprint

Trainers House Enterprises Ltd.'s G1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines winner Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) will make her next start in the G1 Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin on Dec. 10, trainer John Quinn revealed. The 6-year-old mare had originally planned to start next in the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita on Nov. 4, but will skip a trip to California in favor of a journey to the Far East. "All being well, we're going to go to Hong Kong with her," Quinn said. "It...

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A Fourth Group 1 For Night Of Thunder's Highfield Princess In The Abbaye

   There were some who were preparing to write off John Fairley's mare of steel Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}--Pure Illusion {Ire}, by Danehill) following her uncharacteristically disappointing effort in the G1 Flying Five at The Curragh last month, but the 6-year-old answered the doubters by simply placing another of the world's big sprints onto her impressive resume as she conquered Sunday's G1 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines. While she may not quite be the same supercharged dragster who went through an unprecedented treble at this level...

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Night Of Thunder's Highfield Princess Outclasses King George Rivals

John Quinn's stable star Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}--Pure Illusion {Ire}, by Danehill) took four starts to get rolling last year and provided symmetry to her profile with another post-Summer Solstice springboard in Friday's G2 King George Qatar S. at Goodwood. Last term's G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, G1 Nunthorpe and G1 Flying Five heroine broke sharply from the traps and was under a firm grip in second as habitual pacesetter Ponntos (Ire) (Power {GB}) led the way at a healthy clip. Cruising to the front on the...

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Highfield Princess Tackles Goodwood's King George Prior To Nunthorpe Defense

Top sprinter Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) will return from her mid-summer break with a start in the G2 King George Qatar S. at Goodwood on Friday, Aug. 4, trainer John Quinn confirmed on Wednesday. The triple Group 1-winning sprinter ran second in her seasonal bow, the G2 Duke of York S. in May, and was second and third in the G1 King's Stand S. and G1 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee S. at Royal Ascot last month. "Last year we gave her a mid-season break, which she did...

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July Cup Could Be Next For Highfield Princess – But Breeders' Cup Long-Term Target

John Quinn has identified the Breeders' Cup as the long-term target for Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) after his stable star finished placed in both Group 1 sprints at Royal Ascot last week.  But first, Highfield Princess could take in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket, with Quinn reporting last year's triple Group 1-winning sprinter to have bounced out of Ascot in rude health.  The six-year-old was beaten a length when runner-up to Bradsell (GB) (Tasleet {GB}) in the King's Stand last Tuesday and was narrowly denied again...

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Highfield Princess Returning in Duke of York

Star sprinter Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night of Thunder {Ire}) will return in the G2 Duke of York S. on May 13, following a similar path this year as her 2022 campaign, trainer John Quinn said. The 6-year-old Trainers House Enterprises homebred won last year's Duke of York before taking the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest, the G1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe S. and the G1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Flying Five S. She has not run since finishing fourth in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland Nov. 5....

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Highfield Princess Poised For Turf Clash With Golden Pal

Trainer John Quinn is "happy" with three-time Group 1 winner Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) ahead of a start in the 5 1/2-furlong $1-million GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland on Nov. 5. The 5-year-old drew stall six in the field of 16, two to the inside of crack American sprinter Golden Pal (Uncle Mo). She also carries three pounds less than the colt, and Quinn is relishing a clash with the Wesley Ward trainee. Ward also has multiple Group 1 winner Campanelle (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) (stall...

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Breeders' Cup Still The Aim For Highfield Princess

Three-time Group 1 winner Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) is still pointing toward a start in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland in November, according to trainer John Quinn. They bay has enjoyed a busy campaign, but has reached a new level as of late summer, with three consecutive Group 1 victories in August and September: the Prix Maurice de Gheest, York's Nunthorpe S. and the Curragh's Flying Five S. on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. "All being well, she goes to the Breeders' Cup," said Quinn....

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John Quinn: 'Flying Five-Bound Highfield Princess The Best I've Trained' 

John Quinn has showered star sprinter Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) with praise and described the G1 Flying Five-bound filly as the best he's trained. Highfield Princess is chasing a third Group 1 win on the spin when she lines out in Sunday's Flying Five S. at the Curragh, one of the feature races of Longines Irish Champions Weekend and Quinn, a native of County Tipperary who has been based in England for the majority of his racing career, is in no doubt that the speedball is the...

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Seven Days: Out of the Frying Pan

Sir Mark Prescott will happily recount the story of the time he bashed his former pupil assistant William Haggas over the head with a frying pan for oversleeping. He will also reflect with pleasure on the great pride he felt when Haggas won the Derby in 1996 with Shaamit (Ire). When it comes to being a benevolent dictator, the Prescott pendulum has, by his own admission, swung more from dictatorship towards benevolence in recent years and, more than anyone involved in British racing, the master of Heath House cares deeply...

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Night Of Thunder's Highfield Princess Dominates The Nunthorpe

Placing herself in a different stratosphere of sprinters, John Fairley's Breeders' Cup-bound homebred Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) powered to glory in Friday's G1 Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe S. at York only a dozen days after her tour de force in the 6 1/2-furlong G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest. Returning to the scene of her emphatic G2 1895 Duke of York S. success May 11, the 5-1 shot enjoyed an ideal lead throughout the early stages from the three-years-younger The Platinum Queen (Ire) (Cotai Glory {GB}) before taking the...

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