Quick Defence surges late for Randwick win

Quick Defence
Quick Defence

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller admitted he wasn’t surprised by Quick Defence’s strong finish to the Derucci Handicap at Randwick.

The workmanlike six-year-old gelding made amends for a poor last-start with a late burst snatching victory over 1600m.

“I got the fright of my life, not today but on Thursday, when my form man said third-up, Quick Defence is almost unbeatable,” Waller said.

Assisted by a smart ride by Tim Clark, Quick Defence unleashed to nab Malaise ($4.40) and $2.90 favourite The Pinnacle.

“He’s always shown ability,” Waller said.

Waller noted Quick Defence ($31) had fashioned a consistent record before finishing last at Rosehill.

“It’s good for the owners. He’s no super star but he’s popped up for a good win,” he said.