The Quarterback's Kensington Stakes

Jan 10, 2015

Just nine days ago Robbie Griffiths said that it "was only a matter of time" until the talented chestnut The Quarterback broke through at stakes level.

Well it certainly did not take long, the four-year-old putting on display his trademark turn of foot in Saturday's Listed Kensington Stakes at Flemington.

Settling back from the outside gate, The Quarterback was allowed to find his feet by Matthew Allen who was happy to be back aboard after missing the gelding's last win due to illness.

From the 200m The Quarterback started to charge and whilst his winning margin of a neck was not a large one, it was a soft victory from a horse who really knows how to find the line - the success his sixth from just 15 starts.

The winner of over $380,000 in stakes, The Quarterback heads now to the Listed W.J Adams Stakes at Sandown on Australia Day - with races like the Oakleigh Plate on the radar.

A horse who records impressive sectionals, The Quarterback is, says Allen, best ridden coldly - showing his best with saved for a late run.

"You've got to ride him extra cool," he said - "almost like you are not going to get there. If you go too early he just peaks on his run that last bit."