By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens
The history of the Coolmore Classic belongs to Ron Quinton.
Daysee Doom gave Quinton his fifth win of the Group One feature, three as a trainer and two as a jockey. Quinton rode the inaugural running of the race in 1973 on Miss Personality and in 1984 on Emancipation before taking out the race as a trainer with Ofcourseican (2012) and Peeping (2016).
A fifth Coolmore Classic for Ron Quinton, the gentleman of Sydney racing. Two as a jockey and now three as a trainer. 👏 pic.twitter.com/tQgtIQUZEv
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) March 17, 2018
All three of Quinton’s wins in the race as a trainer gave the respective riders their first Group One victory – Kathy O’Hara on Ofcourseican, Sam Clipperton on Peeping and now Andrew Adkins on Daysee Doom. If it was possible, it further enhanced the Quinton’s reputation as one of the best jockey mentors Australian racing has ever seen.
It was a popular win and emotions were running high after Saturday's victory with Peter Snowden congratulating Quinton with a hug. That was after a flood of handshakes as well as a few shout outs from the beaten jockeys.
“It has been a lucky race for me. I’ve always been fortunate that I’ve always had a few good mares around the place. Thank God for them, they are carrying the rest of them,” Quinton said.
“(Daysee Doom) is as tough as teak. She never knows when she is beaten. There were no excuses for the ones behind her. They all had their opportunity to beat her and they couldn’t.”
Daysee Doom claiming the Coolmore
Adkins, who has long claimed that Quinton is like a second father to him, is just as inseparable with the mare, having ridden Daysee Doom her in seven of her nine wins.
“She is a tough mare,” Adkins said, “It is an incredible training performance by Ron as well. He brought her here three weeks ago first up. She performed well, turned up today and did it again in a Group One taking on some of the best mares in one of the toughest fields you’ll see.”
“She gave me a beautiful feel approaching the 300m, I still had plenty of horse and you know she isn’t going to give in.
“I can’t thank (owners) Mr and Mrs Griffin enough. They have been the most loyal people to me and I wouldn’t be here today without them.”
Daysee Doom is nominated for The Star Doncaster Mile but Quinton will be keeping his options open as to where she heads to next. She is also nominated for the Coolmore Legacy Stakes.