2016 Oakleigh Plate to Figure for The Quarterback

January 27th, 2016

Trainer Robbie Griffiths has been pleased with the work produced by The Quarterback in the lead-up to his racing return and has revealed he is eyeing a berth in the 2016 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 27th.

The Quarterback is on track to contest the 2016 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Quarterback is on track to contest the 2016 Oakleigh Plate. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Quarterback returned to positive form through the recent Spring Carnival; running seventh in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and sixth in a talent rich Caulfield sprint over 1100m before placing second in the Listed Village Stakes (1200m) and winning the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m).

Underlining Saturday’s Listed Kensington Stakes (1100m) at Flemington as the first point of call for the Street Boss gelding this time, Griffiths told AAP he is confident the horse is up to the class of the 2016 Oakleigh Plate, with a view of progression to the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington a fortnight later.

“He galloped well this morning and all is good,” Griffiths said.

“He trialled super last week – he ran second in his trial – and I’m looking forward to Saturday. I reckon he’s a super chance, with room for improvement also because we want to have a crack at the Oakleigh Plate and the Newmarket.

“He looks like he’s improved a bit, so we’ll find out how he handles himself on Saturday.”

The Quarterback has posted a total of seven wins and six minors through 21 career starts since first appearing on course competitively during the 2013 Autumn Carnival.

Returning in 2015 for consecutive wins in a Flemington sprint over 1000m and Kensington Stakes but returned to the paddock after failing to beat a single runner home in either of the Listed WJ Adams Plate (1000m) and Group 1 The Lightning (1000m).

The 2016 Oakleigh Plate field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, February 24th.

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