CHARLIE APPLEBY confirms Quorto will head straight to the National Stakes at the Curragh next month.
Appleby’s colt made quite an impression when winning on his debut at Newmarket in June and backed that up with a win in the Group 2 Superlative Stakes.
Quorto also holds an entry in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on September 15, but trainer Charlie Appleby is keen to step him up to Group 1 level in Ireland the following afternoon.
He said: “He is doing well and he will head straight to the National Stakes. That will be his next target.
“I’ve been delighted with him since the Superlative and we’ve liked him from the start.
“At the end of the day, they have got to go and do it (on the track), but you couldn’t have been happier with how he performed.
“What he showed was what we were all happy to see and that was a good gear change. He is an exciting horse.”
Another juvenile for Appleby holds high hopes for is Al Hilalee, although connections are keen to take their time with him.
Appleby added: “He has pleased us since his win at Newmarket. He was very raw that day and he has come on since then.
“He is potentially going to go to Deauville in a couple of weeks’ time for a one-mile Listed race.
“We are very pleased with him, but he is very much a horse for next year.”