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William Reid Likely For The Quarterback
Trainer Robbie Griffiths has confirmed The Quarterback (Street Boss-Soorena, by Encosta de Lago) is a likely starter in Thursday's Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, reports theinformant.co.nz. Griffiths has nominated the last start Gr1 Newmarket Handicap winner for the $500,000 feature in preference to the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in Sydney a week later. "I don't particularly like him at the Valley, but with everyone going to Sydney we will look at the William Reid," Griffiths said. "We will nominate and just see what's in it." Following the William Reid, Griffiths said The Quarterback was then likely to head to Adelaide for the Gr1 Goodwood in May. "We're a little bit scared of going to Sydney and changing too many things with him," Griffiths said. "He's never been that direction and he's not a horse that I gallop a lot, so I'm not happy doing a lot of galloping work that way with him." He added: "We also lose that six-kilo weight advantage in the TJ Smith, so we might duck and dive Chautauqua. We beat him in a handicap, not at weight-for-age."