Trainer Ron Quinton has revised plans for Dixie Blossoms meaning her rivalry with stablemate Daysee Doom will extend to next month’s Group One Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
The duo clashed for the seventh time in the Coolmore Classic on March 17, and on Saturday the five-year-old mares cross paths again at Rosehill in Saturday’s Emancipation Stakes (1500m). In betting Daysee Doom ($3.60) has a slight edge over Dixie Blossoms for the Rosehill Group 2.
Still on cloud 9 after winning the Coolmore today on Daysee Doom. She has been an amazing horse to me, so proud of her! Thank you @RonQuinton and Mr & Mrs Griffin @griffin_pj for your support #Group1 pic.twitter.com/FIDcZsxN0R
— Andrew Adkins (@AndrewAdkins103) March 17, 2018
Quinton had considered separating the five-year-olds by sending Dixie Blossoms to the Doncaster Mile at Randwick on Saturday week rather than the Emancipation Stakes, but the Queen Of The Turf now takes precedence.
“We were toying with the idea of the Doncaster with Dixie where she’d have carried 52 but to run (in the Queen of The Turf) she’d have to back-up a week later and we weren’t happy to do that,” Quinton said.
Daysee Doom, who won the Coolmore Classic, was always headed for the Emancipation Stakes.
Quinton, who rode Emancipation to victory in the 1983 Doncaster Mile, said Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms have bounced out of the Coolmore Classic well and worked impressively on Tuesday.
Daysee Doom now has a 2-1 head-to-head winning record over Dixie Blossoms, though Quinton sees little separating them.
“Dixie was beaten less than a length in the Coolmore, and she’s 1.5 kilos better off this time. I’m very happy with the two mares,” he said.
Quinton rode six-time Group One winner Emancipation throughout her storied career and is keen for his star mares to claim the race named in her honour after they filled the minor placings last year. Quinton’s former apprentice, Andrew Adkins, scored his first Group 1 win on Daysee Doom last start and has made a great transition from apprentice to senior ranks and has a bright future ahead of him.