Quick Defence (USA) defied carrying 61kg under Tommy Berry to overcome Royal Stamp with 53kg under Rachel King to win the $100,000, Fairfield RSL Club Bm 78 Handicap (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday to give his new Tasmanian owners a literal ‘quick’ return on his recent purchase.
Quick Defence (USA) and Tommy Berrry (red) hold out Royal Stamp and Rachel King, picture Sportpix.com.au
The Chris Waller stable had prepared Quick Defence for the race after the seven-year-old First Defence gelding’s online sale to trainer John Blacker and colleagues as they had for his previous Australian starts and the result was welcomed all round.
Berry saved ground with Quick Defence with his big weight and when King brought the light-weight Royal Stamp down the middle of the track the two joined together to go stride for stride to the line. Royal Stamp had a head advantage but Quick Defence bravely came back with Berry pushing his head down right on the line for a nose victory.
The win, Quick Defence’s sixth overall and first since March, basically paid for his purchase with the Sydney first prize worth $53,375.
“You always have to leave something in the tank for the new owners,” said Waller.
“The first ones to congratulate me today were the old owners so they are good sports and well done to John Blacker and his owners and they wanted to give him one more run up here and they paid for the horse. They have a free horse.
“He has been a great horse to us but we have so many of these types of horses, hence we cannot keep all of them. It is a good advertisement for the stable that there is something left in them. It as a perfect ride by Tommy, he saved every inch of ground and got him competitive in the last 50m,” he said.
Quick Defence, bred by Juddmonte Farm out of the Dubai Millennium mare Quickfire, has now earned overall stakes of $341,839 before he heads to new pastures in Tasmania for his owner Blacker and Mr C G Bullock, Ms S J Marshall, Mr L R Laskey, Ms P M Cawthen, Mr A H H Tseng, Mr C A Calwell, Mrs J M Calwell and Mr P E McMullen.
Fairfield RSL Club Handicap, photo finish picture ATC