Tom Marquand was effusive in his praise of 5/1 shot Oh This Is Us, who captured the concluding race on £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day, the £150,000 Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championship.
Oh This Is Us
Trained by Richard Hannon, the six-year-old Acclamation entire ran on strongly towards the outside of the field in the home straight, displaying a smart turn of foot to score by three-quarters of a length from the well-supported 4/1 favourite Indyco in second.
Hannon said: "They obviously went quick and Tom sat him in behind and then pulled him wide. I thought we were struggling coming round the bend but he quickened up. I love watching horses like that, and I think everyone does.
"He was unlucky not to win a couple of Group 2s last year and he's in the Lockinge, but he might well go to Sandown for the Bet365 Mile. There are a lot of good races for him but we might avoid the really massive ones and tiptoe around. But you never know with him. On his day he is capable of winning anything, as he tries so hard. As a trainer he's your mate. He's on your side and they are hard to find."
Hannon, who also won Newcastle's £100,0000 Burradon Stakes with Fox Power, added: "Parmar has been with us for years and has looked after Oh This Is Us from the start. He also rides him every day. He loves him as he's just a star horse. Parmar thinks he owns him, because nobody has told him any different!
"Oh This Is Us never does a lot at home, but he wins every year and we trained the dam Shamwari Lodge, who won a Group 3 the day that Canford Cliffs won the 2000 Guineas."
Fox Power also delighted the trainer. He said: "He's a pretty decent horse. I thought I might be guilty of thinking he's better than he is, but he proved it today. The German Guineas is a possibility for him now."
Marquand said: "I adore Oh This Us to be honest. He has been an absolute warrior and a flagship horse for me and the yard.
"He owes us nothing and to win on All-Weather Finals Day sums him up as a horse.
"I wanted to be a bit closer today, but he switched himself off nicely today. The Wolverhampton run last time was under-par and that was due to the surface.
“They went very hard up front and I think the mile round here is perfect for him. He gives you confidence throughout the race and he picked up really well.
"These are the sort of winners I am looking for, a big win on a big day. Obviously riding big winners like this for the boss is great.
"As a 3lb claimer, I won a £100,000 handicap on him at Goodwood. He has taken me to Dubai, my first Listed winner, and All-Weather Finals Day. He is a champion in his grade.
"I had the choice between a few meetings today, but I stuck by my old mate and he has done the job for me."
French raider Indyco, sent off 4/1 favourite, found one too good, coming home a three quarter-length second to 5/1 chance Oh This Is Us in the closing race of the 2019 All-Weather Championships Finals Day, the £150,000 Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championship.
Trainer Henri Pantall didn't travel over from his Beaupreau base near Nantes, but travelling head-lass Jwanl commented: "He ran well and was very courageous.
"Jockey, Vincent Cheminaud, was very happy with his run.".
4.45pm £150,000 Sun Racing All-Weather Mile Championship, 1m
For four-year-olds and upwards, who, between October 23, 2018, and April 12, 2019,have EITHER run three times on a designated All Weather Surfacein Great Britain, Ireland or France, OR have run three timesduring the Championship period, including twice on a designatedAll-Weather surface in Great Britain, Ireland or France AND haverun at least once at Meydan (Dirt), OR have won an All-Weather Mile Fast-Track Qualifier. Weights: colts and geldings 9st 5lb, fillies 9st. Maximum field of 12 (plus 2 reserves).
No (Dr) Horse Age-Wt (Owner) Trainer/Jockey
1 (8) Oh This Is Us (IRE) 6-9-05 (Team Wallop) Richard Hannon/Tom Marquand 5/1
2 (6) Indyco (FR) 4-9-05 (Sandro V Gianella) Henri-Alex Pantall FR/Vincent Cheminaud 4/1 Fav
3 (5) Glendevon (USA) 4-9-05 (Campbell, Clarke, Rexton & Waters) Richard Hughes/Ryan Moore 8/1
4 (2) Salateen ts, p 7-9-05 (Sheikh Abdullah Almalek Alsabah) David O'Meara/David Nolan 33/1
5 (11) Keyser Soze (IRE) 5-9-05 (Rebel Racing (2)) Richard Spencer/Tom Queally 5/1
6 (1) Documenting 6-9-05 (Kevin Frost Racing Club & M A Humphreys) Kevin Frost/James Doyle 5/1
7 (3) Straight Right (FR) h 5-9-05 (King Power Racing Co Ltd) Andrew Balding/David Probert 8/1
8 (9) Above The Rest (IRE) h 8-9-05 (Laurence O'Kane) David Barron/Clifford Lee 16/1
9 (4) Arcanada (IRE) p 6-9-05 (The Arcanada Partnership) Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote 6/1
10 (10) Cardsharp 4-9-05 (Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning 8/1
11 (7) Silver Quartz ts, p 4-9-05 (Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd) Archie Watson/Luke Morris 33/1
Time: 1m 35.26s
Distances: ¾, 2½, sh, nk, 1, ½, ½, ½, sh, 6,
Tote Win: £5.90 Places: £2.10 £1.80 £2.90 Exacta: £43.10 Trifecta: £364.00