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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO TRY SOMETHING NEW.

QUOTELINE DIRECT 28 April 2013 Sir Percy-Queen's Pudding. Owner-JFW Properties Ltd.


Quoteline Direct is one of our long time residents, having joined the team after being purchased at the Doncaster Breeze Up Sales back in 2015. He couldn't have made a better start to his career, as he made a winning debut at Pontefract at 22-1, a venue he would visit many more times over the years. He was highly tried in his next two races running respectably in the nursery at the Ebor meeting, and then finishing 3rd in a conditions race at Redcar.

It took him 5 races to get off the mark as a 3 year old, at Thirsk, he actually finished 2nd, but was later awarded the race as the winner was disqualified because of testing positive. He ended his 3 year old season by finishing 3rd after being denied a clear run on his first attempt on the All Weather at Wolverhampton.

As a 4 year old and now running over his optimum trip of 10 furlongs, from marks in the low sixties he won once and was placed 4 times from 9 starts. His golden period occurred the following year when winning twice at Pontefract, and placed a further four times, taking his rating from sixty two to seventy five.

This past flat season he has struggled with his rating, but still made the frame on 6 occasions.Then in November of last year when approaching his 7th birthday it was decided that it might be worth having a spin over hurdles. Having 8 flights in front of him has given him new zest, despite refusing to settle and pulling very hard like an inexperienced 2 year old he finished 2nd of sixteen at Catterick. Back at the same track on New Years Day he proved that initial run wasn't a fluke by being placed, but once again he threw his chance away by taking too strong a hold.His latest run at Sedgefield was more of the same, finishing a solid 3rd, and probably bettering the form of those Catterick runs.

Quoteline Direct has proved to be a real surprise package over hurdles, but it hasn't gone unnoticed by the handicapper who has given him a mark of 118. A novice hurdle must be there for the taking once he settles, and if he can transfer his jump form back to the flat, then we have plenty of options.

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