Trainer Phillip Stokes has changed direction with Toorak Handicap contender Mr Quickie

A new and potentially improved Mr Quickie will carry the 59kg top weight in Saturday’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield.

Trainer Phillip Stokes has abandoned the idea Mr Quickie is a stayer with shorter races to become targets for the five-year-old.

Mr Quickie won the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2500m) as a three-year-old and ran second in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m) last spring but Stokes said the gelding wasn’t a true stayer.

“I’m just not convinced about him as a stayer. He doesn’t even look like a stayer,” Stokes said.

“I just think he did that (won the Queensland Derby) on class as a three-year-old.”

The son of Cox Plate winner Shamus Award hasn’t won since his Queensland Derby triumph but he has placed twice at Group 1 level over 1400m and 1600m.

Mr Quickie tackled the 2019 Caulfield Cup. Photo: AAP/Vince Caligiuri.Source:AAP

Mr Quickie caught the eye when running on well for second to The Everest-bound Behemoth in the Memsie Stakes first-up before a battling effort behind Russian Camelot over 1800m in the Underwood Stakes.

That performance convinced Stokes to go in another direction with Mr Quickie.

“He’s been going OK. He was great first-up but we’ve seen it in the past where he’s got the second-up syndrome,” Stokes said.

“Hopefully third-up, he’ll be back on top of this game.

“We just think fresh, back to a mile, we might get a better result.

“Jamie Kah goes on and she’s riding great so we are expecting a better performance.”

TAB has rated Mr Quickie a $15 chance of breaking a 16-month winning drought in the Toorak Handicap.

Originally published asQuickie’s new direction starts in Toorak

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