“He’s always been a very consistent horse so I can’t see any reason why he wouldn’t run well. He’s won three in town already so he hasn’t done much wrong. His form has been very honest and very consistent all the way through.”
Quinton will turn to his former apprentice Andrew Adkins to do the steering on Ljungberg, which was a $5.50 pick with BetEasy on Thursday behind Beau Ideal ($4.20).
Kris Lees’ pair Agent Pippa ($4.60) and Special Reward ($5) were shadowing the favourite.
Ljungberg has chalked up his three career wins to date at Canterbury, on the Kensington track and the Randwick course proper while finishing in the money three times from four starts at Rosehill without winning.
“He didn’t have a hard trial and he’s done plenty of ground work since,” Quinton said. “He’s still got improvement in him, but he’s fit enough to run well.
“He’s a benchmark 78 [horse] at the moment and when he wins his next race we’ll have to start looking at something a bit richer, but we have to try to get that done first and then worry about it.”