The Quarteback | Horse Of The Month November 2017
The Quarterback - Horse Of The Month November 2017
As we are given to sentimentality, which accounts for our love of the stayers, we are not negative towards the sprinters, but the sentimentality in our betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month for November 2017 mainly arises from seeing an old campaigner retire after providing four full years’ worth of racing.
We have chosen The Quarterback.
Sired by Street Boss of the U.S.A. from Australia’s Soorena, The Quarterback is not in the same top class as are many of our Horse of the Month picks, but we admire the work he did in his 29 starts, where he won nine and placed eight times and won over $1.4 million.
The Quarterback had one shining moment in the sun, in March of 2016, when he won the Group 1 Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200 m) at Flemington from Black Heart Bart and Chautauqua, two formidable sprinters by any standard.
The Quarterback jumped at $21 in that race and save for Charmed Harmony ($81), he seemed to be considered as an also-ran for the race, as six of the other runners in the field of nine, including Chautauqua ($2.45) and Japonisme ($4) were considered better wagers.
There comes a time when it is obvious that a horse has run his course. The Quarterback last won in October of 2016, again at Flemington when he and jockey Matthew Allen took out the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200 m).
Based on his win in the Newmarket and good runs in several other races ahead of the Gilgai Stakes, he jumped third favourite ($6.50) in the field of nine, trailing Faatinah ($2.90) and Under The Louvre ($3.70). He beat horses steered by Damien Oliver, Damian Lane, James McDonald and Brenton Avdulla.
It was his last four races that prompted trainer Robbie Griffiths and his connections to stop The Quarterback from running on. Last place finishes in his last two races were as clear an indication as was necessary, but further impetus was provided by exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage.
Having North American blood in his lineage, we found Canada’s Northern Dancer four generations back and further, something we expect of good racehorses from that side of the world. There were also some ties to Nearctic, another great champion from Canada, as well as a couple of the better racehorses produced by the U.S.
This is the time of year when we tend to indulge our nostalgia, combined with our love of thoroughbreds.
Plus, we have already given the betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month accolade more than once, so Sydney’s super mare will have to be content with her second Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year award.
Congratulations to The Quarterback, our betsfree.com.au Horse of the Month for November 2017.