Toorak Handicap winner Mr Quickie (Image: Racing Photos)
Some days, you just don't feel like going for a run.
Unfortunately for connections of Mr Quickie, he had one of those days in last week's Group 1 Cantala Stakes.
"The other day he went back from the barrier and the next minute they are running at a really good tempo and I think he just had a heap of bums in front of him and I think he just lost interest," trainer Phillip Stokes said.
For Stokes, it's a forgive run, but it also means the Pakenham-based trainer wasn't overly bullish when he spoke to racing.com about Saturday's G1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
"Like I said, I think he just lost interest and I wouldn't be backing him up if I thought there was something wrong with the horse and there is definitely nothing wrong with him so that's why he's there."
It's unlikely that same scenario will pan out again, with new jockey Luke Nolen - who replaces Jamie Kah after she had already committed to Dalasan - to be instructed to push forward on the Toorak Handicap winner.
His two elite-level wins have been at the 2400m of the 2019 Queensland Derby and the 1600m of this year's Toorak Handicap but the mile, with two other G1 placings at the distance, certainly appears his pet distance.
"I maintain he is a mile fresh horse but, on the back-up out to 2000, there won't be an issue," he said.
Stokes will also saddle up Sansom in the G3 Chatham Stakes on Saturday in what will be the gelding's second go at 1400m after winning at 1200m last start fresh at The Valley on Cox Plate Day.
"He has come on (this preparation), he's strengthened up and he has done well," Stokes said.
"He has taken that step from three to four-year-old and now he is a stronger horse, which he had to be to take out to 1400."
Like Mr Quickie, Stokes is hoping Sansom also settles just off the leaders.
"I'd like to see him get into a nice rhythm and just settle off the pace a bit and hopefully that'll make him strong at the end," he said.