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Infertile Quito Set For Surprise Return To UK Track
Also in the UK, 11-year-old former star sprinter Quito (Machiavellian-Qirmazi, by Riverman) "one of flat racing's favourite performers over the last decade, is poised to come out of retirement" after "failing a fertility test & being entered in a race at Yarmouth next Tuesday," reported racingpost.co.uk. The rags-to-riches career of Quito (bred by Sheikh Mohammed) began when he was bought by Yorkshire trainer Ruth Carr's grandfather (former trainer David Chapman) for just 3,500 guineas (A$7,700) in 2002. He went on to win 18 races & more than £465,000 (A$977,000) prize-money; his highlights included victories in the Ayr Gold Cup & 7 Listed contests (2006's Fortune Stakes over 7 furlongs at Haydock, City Of York Stakes over 7 furlongs at York & John Of Gaunt Stakes over 7 furlongs at Haydock, plus 2005's Hopeful Stakes over 6 furlongs at Newmarket, Hambleton Stakes over 7 furlongs at York & Abernant Stakes over 6 furlongs at Newmarket, as well as 2004's Wentworth Stakes over 6 furlongs at Doncaster). In addition Quito also finished runner-up in 2006's Gr1 Sprint Cup (6 furlongs) at Haydock, Gr2 Duke Of York Stakes (6 furlongs) at York & Listed Cammidge Trophy (6 furlongs) at Redcar, plus 2005's Gr3 Chipchase Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newcastle, City Of York Stakes (7 furlongs) at York & Listed Spring Trophy Stakes (7 furlongs) at Haydock. And he finished 3rd in 2006's Listed Leicestershire Stakes (7 furlongs) at Leicester, 2005's Listed Superior Mile (8 furlongs) at Haydock & 2004's Gr3 Bentinck Stakes (6 furlongs) at Newmarket.