Queensland Derby Tips - Distance no issue for Shamus Award gelding

Jockey Ben Allen rides Mr Quickie to victory

A Good track and a bit more luck in running should see the Phillip Stokes-trained Mr Quickie prove hardest to beat in Saturday’s Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

The ultra-consistent son of Shamus Award has won eight races and placed in a further three from 12 career starts with his only unplaced effort being an unlucky 4th placing at Horsham where he was severely held up and probably should have won.

Having scored a dominant win at Caulfield over 2000m, he was sent into the South Australian Derby (2500m) as favourite last start where he was a victim of circumstances and had to settle for 3rd place behind Qafila and Savvy Oak. 

Jockey John Allen let him find his feet as he jumped from gate 12, and as Allen tried to slot into a three wide spot where the horse was comfortable, the gap was shut on him and he was shuffled back another pair toward the rear. 

Mr Quickie was still at the rear on the turn and everywhere Allen looked for a horse to tow him into the race, all he found was tiring runners that were going nowhere. 

He eventually worked from the fence to be eight wide and was widest as they straightened, and while he was strong through the line clocking the quickest final 400m and 200m of the race, the bird had flown, and the winner and runner-up had an unassailable lead. 

It was also the first time Mr Quickie had raced on a rain-affected surface (Soft 6), and I think it robbed him of his explosive turn of foot. 

It was clear that he stayed the trip, and from a suitable gate (5) on Saturday, he can balance up a bit closer, and with a Good surface expected, his superior turn of foot should see him charging through the line. 

In his first three runs this campaign, Mr Quickie came home between 6.9 and 8.4 lengths above benchmark (BM), but in the Derby he came home 5.3 lengths above BM.

No other horse in the Derby has such a consistent turn of foot, and it’s that consistency, along with his class, that make him the one to beat.

Chris Waller’s Nobu is joint favourite with Mr Quickie, and he’s been impressive winning his past two, but the form hasn’t exactly stood up from those races while he is also a query at the trip having finished 17th of 18 in the New Zealand Derby.


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