Partelle sprinter on a Quest to score some city suc­cess

The Sportsman Midweek - - Warwick Farm - MATT JONES

IN­VIN­CI­BLE Quest can prove he’s the real deal to­mor­row when he takes on city com­pany for the first time in the McGrath Es­tate Agents NSW Hand­i­cap (1100m) at War­wick Farm.

Wy­ong trainer Brett Partelle knew it was time to send the son of I Am In­vin­ci­ble city af­ter he broke the class record in win­ning at home on Septem­ber 24 over 1000m.

That was In­vin­ci­ble Quest’s third win from five starts and all of them have been won in dom­i­nant fash­ion.

“To my eye he’s im­proved from his first-up win, which was very nice, and he looks nicely placed here,” Partelle said.

“He’s go­ing to present well on Wed­nes­day and he’ll be right in the fin­ish. He looks like a very pro­gres­sive horse and I think he’ll mea­sure up.”

Partelle only got the five-yearold a few months ago and de­cided to give him three soft tri­als lead­ing up to his first-up run due to his er­ratic na­ture.

He failed to fin­ish a race late last year and be­fore that was off race­tracks for 12 months af­ter suf­fer­ing a ten­don in­jury when win­ning on de­but in Goul­burn in Novem­ber 2015.

“He seems to have im­proved im­mensely re­gard­ing his at­ti­tude. He does get a lit­tle fiery in the mount­ing yard but that was tamed in Wy­ong,” Partelle said.

“The ten­don’s given him no has­sles what­so­ever.”

As soon as jockey Corey Brown got off him at Wy­ong he quickly asked the trainer if could keep rid­ing him.

“Corey was very keen to stick with him so that’s a good guide. Corey knows what he’s talk­ing about and he told me he’d mea­sure up to town com­pany,” Partelle said.

“I think the 1100m will be beau­ti­ful for him. He can set­tle off them and come off the back and use his very good turn of foot.”

If In­vin­ci­ble Quest lives up to ex­pec­ta­tions, ex­pect to see him on the Gold Coast early in the year for Magic Mil­lions sprint race.

“That race would be right up his al­ley. If he can get into that race on the min­i­mum it would be good,” Partelle said.

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