“Two in a row” for EL QUESTRO

Oct 06, 2017

What great form El Questro is in during her debut preparation, at Geelong on Wednesday stepping up in class, distance and weight at only her third outing - impressive winning her second race in a row.

It is no mean feat to step straight up from a maiden to another victory and there is plenty to like about this young horse who jockey Luke Nolen was impressed by.

"She always felt like she was going to get there," he said.

"She is a free striding horse who ran through the line nicely, suggesting that she might even get further. She has done a very good job this time in, it's a great way to start her career."

Settling fourth and always travelling well, El Questro was into the clear straightening, showing good heart as she chased down her rivals before getting clear by half a length.

It was not the first time she has displayed such determination - clearly headed before fighting back to win her maiden at Bendigo last month.

A special horse for Allison being a home-bred who she races with long time clients including retired trainer Rob McGuinness, El Questro is a 3/4 brother to Tackleberry - Allison's first metropolitan winner.

"She is a lovely kind horse to train and  easy to handle," Allison said, "and it is great that Luke had previously won on her dam and her uncle in the same colours!"

"She has the same honesty and temperament as the rest of the family and she is improving with each run both physically and mentally. I will look to step her out to 1400m next start and just try to work her through the grades. She will be all the better next time in."