Quickie delights in trial

Thursday can't come around quick enough for trainer Phillip Stokes after his All-Star Mile hopeful Mr Quickie trialled impressively at Spendthrift Park Australia at Werribee on Tuesday.

Mr Quickie was well placed at around seventh in order with more than 5000 votes for the $5 million race at Caulfield on March 14 when the poll numbers were closed off to the public last week and Stokes said he will be relieved if and when he finally gets confirmation of a run after such a long summer build-up.

"Everything's focused on that," he said when asked if there were other options for Mr Quickie, who will run first-up in the race.

Racing Victoria will offer 10 spots in the 15-horse All-Star Mile field to connections of the top 10 horses in the public vote over the next 24 hours before confirming the 10 highest vote-getters on Thursday.

Stokes was thrilled with his galloper after he ran on strongly for second behind Group 1 winner Homesman with new rider Damien Oliver aboard in an 1100-metre trial at Werribee on Tuesday.

"He's a bit stronger and more mature horse this time around," Stokes said.

"Last time around as a three-year-old we weren't sure of his level but we've got a good gauge of that now, I think he's a really good miler.

"At least we know what he's capable of. I think the first run (third in Maybe Diva Stakes in the spring) flattened him and then I got him back and I thought I had him cherry ripe for the Caulfield Cup and I won't go there," he said of the luckless run.

Stokes said he has to be wary that his first-up run might flatten the horse again so has no set plans for Sydney and maybe even Brisbane in the winter is an option.

"We'll have to really see how he comes through it and be a little bit careful about what we do and maybe a little freshen up," Stokes said.

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