Jan 02, 2015
Outstanding sectionals were recorded by classy galloper The Quarterback at Flemington on New Year’s Day – the four-year-old putting on display the terrific natural ability we’ve always known he possesses.
Settling back in a 1000m dash down the famous Flemington straight, the handsome chestnut travelled well as the field split into parts across the track.
Whilst horses near both fences looked winning chances, none were a match for The Quarterback as he burst through the middle – hitting the lead with 50m and drawing clear to win by half a length.
Covering his final 400m in 21.15 seconds and his final 200m in a stunning 10.93 seconds, The Quarterback recorded the fifth win of a 14 start career than has seen him already amass in excess of $300,000 in stakes.
Originally considered a horse with the scope to race over a bit more ground, The Quarterback is now relishing racing over the short trips.
“We tried to stretch him out a bit but it didn’t really work out,” said Robbie, “so we decided to perfect him as a sprinter and he is thriving.”
Likely to head back to Flemington for a benchmark 90 race on January 17 (unless the Kensington Stakes a week prior proves tempting), The Quarterback has always been considered stakes class and Robbie is confident that he will end up at that level.
Unsurprised by The Quarterback’s sectionals – “he is a very quick horse” – Robbie was thrilled with the way the gelding pulled up.
“He is jumping out of his skin,” he reported on Friday morning.
Mark Zahra, having his first ride on The Quarterback as regular rider Matthew Allen was sidelined with an untimely bout of illness, could not have been more impressed.
“He has got an amazing turn of foot,” he enthused.
“There is no better feeling than being on a horse with acceleration and that is exactly what he has got!”