TJ Smith Stakes Could Figure for The Quarterback

March 15, 2016

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

TJ Smith Stakes Could Figure for The Quarterback

Trainer Robbie Griffiths has revealed the 2016 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) could figure as the next target for The Quarterback after the talented sprinter mustered a shock upset in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington over the weekend.

Robbie Griffiths will consider running The Quarterback in the 2016 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Robbie Griffiths will consider running The Quarterback in the 2016 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The Quarterback was rated virtually no chance of success in the Newmarket Handicap but produced a particularly scintillating turn of foot in the final 300m of the race to charge home from the rear of the pack and hit the line a head in the clear of Black Heart Bart.

Griffiths told Correct Weight the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse in May initially figured as the major target for the Street Boss gelding this time, but serious consideration will now be placed behind the TJ Smith Stakes.

“We’ll certainly think about (going to the TJ Smith),” Griffiths said.

“It’s a different structure all together with the weight-for-age – it’s going to really favour Chautauqua with no weight difference between the two runners.

“We’d always thought we’d look down the path of The Goodwood but now we’ve won the Newmarket, we’ll let the dust settle and see if he can rise to the occasion of the TJ Smith.

“At the end of the day he’s quite a big strong horse and I’m hoping with natural maturity he can develop that skill set.”

Posting eight wins and a further seven minors through his 24 start career so far, The Quarterback won each of the Flemington BM90 (1000m) and Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m) early in 2015 but returned to the paddock after failing to beat a single runner home in either of the Listed WJ Adams Stakes (1000m) and Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m).

Resuming in spring for sixth in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and sixth in the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100m), The Quarterback ran on for a close second behind Fast ‘N’ Rocking in the Listed Caulfield Village (1200m) before ending his year with a particularly strong showing to win the Listed Dilmah Earl Great Stakes (1000m) on Crown Oaks Day.

Returning this time for third in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m), The Quarterback ran sixth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in his only other start prior to the Newmarket Handicap. is currently offering the best early 2016 TJ Smith Stakes odds, for which The Quarterback has firmed to a quote of $26 for success.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Super Cash Chases Robert Sangs...

Gosford Cup 2018 Betting: Sing...

Gosford Cup 2018 Betting: Singing Firming Favourite

Newcastle horseman Kris Lees saddles-up two stayers in Thursday’s feature race...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second...

2018 Newmarket Handicap Second-Up for Merchant Navy

Coolmore Stud Stakes winning colt Merchant Navy will take on the older...

2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes F...

2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes First-Up for Mighty Boss

Mick Price’s shock Caulfield Guineas winner Mighty Boss will chase the 2018...

Royal Ascot Option for 2018 Qu...

Royal Ascot Option for 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Bound Winx

The world’s best mare Winx will be “on the plane” to England for a Royal Ascot...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field