By Ray Hickson
Ron Quinton would be more than happy to be given a guarantee his talented mares Dixie Blossoms and Daysee Doom will dead heat in Saturday's Coolmore Classic at Rosehill so he wouldn't have to worry about trying to split them.
It's long odds that idealistic scenario would play out but you can't blame the man, who is synonymous with the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m), as he pits his two favourite mares against each other again.
Quinton won the Coolmore twice as a jockey, the inaugural running in 1973 on Miss Personality and in 1984 on the great Emancipation, and has two more victories as a trainer through Ofcourseican (2012) and Peeping (2016).
And he says both Dixie Blossoms and Daysee Doom's names would sit well on the honour roll.
"I have two good mares and they are in form so that's the main thing. What will be will be,'' Quinton said.
"Don't forget there's other good opposition there too, it's not going to be an easy race to win.''
Dixie and Daysee first clashed in last year’s Coolmore and have met six times in the last 12 months with the score three apiece.
It’s Dixie Blossoms that has had the upper hand the last three times they’ve met and Quinton said it’s their differing racing patterns that both separate them and mean there’s often little between them.
“Daysee Doom gets up on the speed and keeps galloping and Dixie likes to be ridden quietly and use her turn of foot,’’ he said.
“Daysee doesn't sprint away from them but if she gets into a battle she's pretty tough.’’
Quinton’s mares both made successful returns to the track ahead of the Coolmore – Daysee Doom won the Group 2 Millie Fox (1300m) at Rosehill on February 24 then a week later Dixie Blossoms took out the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Randwick for the second year running.
Daysee Doom’s win was typically tough while Dixie Blossoms had that turn of foot on display with Punters Intel data revealing her last 600m of 35.26, on a day they weren’t running times, was easily the best of the race with an 11.35 from the 400m-200m putting the race away.
“Three weeks between runs probably suits Daysee,’’ Quinton said.
“Dixie has only had the two, sometimes I like to give them three weeks between their first and second run but the way it worked out we couldn't do much about it.
Dixie Blossoms wins her second Guy Walter Stakes at Randwick on March 3
“She's been ticking over really nicely.’’
TAB had Dixie Blossoms the $6.50 equal favourite (with Egg Tart) on Thursday in a wide market with Daysee Doom at $10.
Quinton said his pair will likely clash again in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Stakes (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships – though he had considered stretching Dixie Blossoms to 2000m.
“We have discussed it because on the mother's side of the family there is some stamina there and the way she relaxes we'd be interested in trying her over further,’’ he said.
“The Queen Elizabeth is going to be pretty tough, if Winx is there she's pretty much unbeatable and Happy Clapper is there too.
“At the end of the day it probably won't eventuate and we will probably stick to the mares.’’