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The Quarterback Wins Gr2 Gilgai Stakes
At Melbourne's Flemington racecourse on Sunday, multiple US Gr1-winning sprinter & Darley shuttler Street Boss (Street Cry-Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian) celebrated a group success when 6YO gelding The Quarterback (Street Boss-Soorena, by Encosta de Lago) scored by a super-easy 0.8-length for trainer Robbie Griffiths in the $200,000 Gr2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), over 5YO geldings We've Got This (Hard Spun-Akiva, by Keltrice) & Durendal (Medaglia d'Oro-Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword). The subject of an emotional Gr1 Newmarket Handicap win over the course and distance last March, The Quarterback's winning margin belies the ease with which he put paid to his rivals. Sent to the front earlier than connections would have wanted, he sauntered to the line and looks ready for a big Spring. The Quarterback took his record to 9 wins (including the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes & Listed VRC Kensington Stakes) and 8 placings (also including the Gr3 Manfred Stakes & Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes) from 28 starts for $1,453,250 earnings. The Quarterback, who is a half-brother to Gr2 Tulloch Stakes winner Phillipi (Host), was purchased by Griffiths for $120,000 at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Makybe Racing & Breeding.