The Quarterback Fit for The Goodwood 2016

May 18th, 2016

Robbie Griffiths is pleased with classy sprinter The Quarterback leading into Saturday’s featured 2016 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville Racecourse.

The Quarterback is primed for the 2016 The Goodwood. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Quarterback is primed for the 2016 The Goodwood. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Quarterback has been a strong and consistent performer for Griffiths through his entire racing tenure so far; posting eight wins and as many minors through twenty-six starts, but has undoubtedly returned to competition in career-best form to date this time.

Running a credible third in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) on January 30th, the Street Boss gelding was unlucky to be caught wide when sixth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), but responded in the best way possible when delivered an excellent field defeat in the major Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 12th.

Having pulled up sore following his subsequent runs for fifth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) and third in the Gold Sprint (1200m), Griffiths told Racing Ahead the horse is primed for a return to winning form in The Goodwood 2016.

“He’s well, he galloped really well yesterday morning and really happy with the way he’s worked leading into the run,” Griffiths said.

“His feet just get a little bit tired when he’s in work for a long time and I think that’s probably the reason he’s a little bit easy in the betting.

“If we can be guaranteed that he would reproduce what we saw in the Newmarket, we would be very confident.”

The Quarterback will leave from barrier 1 in The Goodwood, but Griffiths admits he would have preferred a wider draw.

“Not rapt with the barrier for his style. Everyone loves inside barriers and we should be loving barrier 1, but he’s not a horse that utilizes his starting position,” he said.

“We’re happy with him going into Saturday, so hopefully we can see him run well.”

Matt Allen took the ride on The Quarterback in his most recent start, and has retained his position in the saddle for The Goodwood.

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