Kiwi galloper The Bostonian will join some Brisbane winter carnival legends if he can.
Kiwi galloper The Bostonian will join some Brisbane winter carnival legends if he can win his third Group One race in the Stradbroke Handicap.
The Bostonian maintained his unbeaten Queensland record with his wins in the Group One Doomben 10,000 and Group One Kingsford Smith Cup this winter.
Trainer Tony Pike said he wasn't worried by The Bostonian's topweight of 57kg as it was what he expected the gelding to get.
The Bostonian will have to carry the biggest weight in 27 years to win and become the first topweight in 17 years to achieve victory.
Matt Cumani believes Victorian visitor Declares War has thrived since arriving in Brisbane, boosting the trainer's hopes of a good showing from the gelding in the Queensland Derby.
A last-start winner over 2000m at Flemington, Declares War pleased his trainer in a course proper gallop at Eagle Farm on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's 2400m Group One race for three-year-olds at the same track.
'He came up last Tuesday and settled in really well,' Cumani said.
'He seems to be flourishing. I think he's in his best-ever form and we'll just have to see if that's good enough for a Derby.
"Mentally he's a very tough horse... I don't see any problem going again to the Derby."— Racing.com (@Racing) June 4, 2019
Mr Quickie will attempt his second Group 1 this prep in the Queensland Derby and couldn't be in better shape. @pstokesracing @wylie_dalziel pic.twitter.com/GzRi9L8SZO
In-form jockey John Allen has put Mr Quickie through his paces in a last piece of serious work ahead of the Queensland Derby.
Mr Quickie will be attempting to give Allen a fifth Group One win for the season when he runs in Saturday's 2400m-race race at Eagle Farm.
Trainer Phillip Stokes said he was content to head to Brisbane with Mr Quickie after the gallop.
'John Allen came down and galloped him this morning with a mate,' Stokes said.
'We gave him a canter from the 2000 (metres), ran a mile in evens and quickened up in the last 400 metres.