Mr Quickie made up for a luckless South Australian Derby (2500m) tilt with a breakthrough victory in yesterday’s Queensland Group 1 equivalent ( 2400m).
Trainer Phillip Stokes believes Mr Quickie, who started his career with Darren Weir, had the potential to be a major player in the spring and even outlined plans for a tilt at the Group 1 Caulfield Cup ( 2400m) with the consistent gelding.
“I brought Hucklebuck up here for the carnival a few years ago to run in the Fred Best and then the Stradbroke but this is my first winner here and I’m thrilled for all the owners involved,” Stokes said.
“I think the sky’s the limit for this horse. He’s come a long way in a short space of time and who knows what he can measure up to next prep.
“I’ll leave him up here for a month and then aim him at the spring in Melbourne. Who knows, a race like the Caulfield Cup could be within his scope.”
Mr Quickie had to survive a protest from Damien Oliver who rode second placed Vow And Declare. The Danny O’Brien-trained three-year-old was three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while the Kris Lees-trained Aliferous was a length and a quarter further back in third place.
Oliver claimed interference over the final 300 metres caused by Mr Quickie had cost Vow And Declare the race.
“I lost significant ground at that point and if that interference hadn’t occurred I feel my horse would’ve won the race,” Oliver said.
“I’ve been able to pull a lot of ground off him in the run to the line.”
Allen disputed Oliver’s version of events, telling stewards Vow And Declare had taken minimal ground off Mr Quickie.
“I’ve held a length-and-a-half margin on him the whole way up the straight and to say it cost him the race is very ambitious,” Allen said.
“He isn’t making any ground on me until the last 10 metres when I’ve started to ease my mount down when I had the race safely in keeping.
Stewards quickly dismissed the protest.
The race was marred by the fall of the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Lord Arthur early in the home straight. The horse suffered severe injuries when he crashed to the ground and had to be euthanized while his jockey Corey Brown was taken to hospital for observation but was conscious when attended to by on-course paramedics.
Brenton Avdulla, who rode third placed Aliferous, said: “She copped the backwash of the interference from the fall and did a huge job to pick herself up and finish off so strongly.”
Purchased by Dalziel Racing with the assistance of Peter Moody for $115,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Mr Quickie is a son of Shamus Award has won nine races from 13 starts along with three placings for prize-money of $939,700.