Hughie Morrison has "lots of little ideas" for Quickthorn
Hughie Morrison has "lots of little ideas" for Quickthorn

Hughie Morrison says there are multiple options available to him after Quickthorn's unexpected success at Salisbury last Friday. 

The four-year-old came through the Persian Punch Conditions Stakes ahead of last year's St Leger runner-up Berkshire Rocco to claim the victory — his third of 2021. 

Saddled by Cieren Fallon, his reputation swelled once more after winning the race by two lengths in the four-strong field. 

It was something of a surprise considering the competition, with double handicap winner Here And Now and former Salisbury victor C'Est No Mour also in the running. 

Initially, he lost many lengths at the start of the race but showed real class and determination to stride home and claim the £10,000 prize for trainer Morrison and owner Lady Blyth. 

He is now becoming something of a serial winner after coming first in a handicap race at Haydock before claiming his biggest scalp to date in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot. 

Since then, he has continued to impress with his form and ran a great race in the Ebor Festival at York in August. 

He was second in the Ebor Handicap behind Sonnyboyliston, who has since gone on to win the Irish St Leger. 

Now, following his win at Salisbury, which was his first over a mile and six furlongs, Morrison admits he has plenty of decisions to make regarding the son of Nathaniel. 

Morrison said: "We've got lots of little ideas. We might run him in a couple of weeks.

"There's a Listed race at Saint-Cloud (the Prix Scaramouche) over a mile and six — there's the Cumberland Lodge at Ascot over a mile and a half, or we might go big and go for the Prix Royal-Oak (at ParisLongchamp) or go to Newbury for the St Simon. 

"There are not that many options. The ideal ones would be over a mile and a six, and there's also a two-mile race at Newmarket next week." 

Morrison also says he is happy with the performance levels his charge is showing round the courses. 

The East Ilsley handler added: "The Ebor was a very good race — and I think his performance last week was too, given the way he gave away so much distance through no fault of his own." 

Morrison's next runner with be Scheherazade at Wolverhampton on Monday as he prepares to run a handicap race. 

Coming up for the trainer on October 2 is the Heritage Handicap at Ascot where Lucrosa will aim to win the £80,000 prize.

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