By Julieanne Horsman
“Bloody beautiful” are the words Randwick trainer Ron Quinton used to describe Daysee Doom’s win in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone.
The mare has placed in group races before but this was her first black type win and Mr Quinton couldn’t have been more proud.
“She has been a wonderful, consistent, honest mare and she has never been far away in any of her majors this season,” he said. “It was lovely for her to cap this one off.”
Mr Quinton stuck with young apprentice jockey, Andrew Adkins, despite being unable to claim.
The decision paid off, with Adkins giving Daysee Doom a flawless ride, settling her in fifth position then bursting through to win by a head from Prompt Response.
“I can’t thank Ron and the owners enough for sticking by me so much,” Adkins said. “It’s a big thing for a trainer to put an apprentice on who can’t claim, especially in a group 3, and I am really excited.”
Mr Quinton has always been an advocate for young jockeys and strives to give them chances where he can.
“I don’t mind putting them on in the big races because the only way they are going to learn is to be in them,” he said. “You won’t learn anything sitting in the jockey room.
“It’s wonderful for our whole stable for Daysee to win with Andrew on.”
Daysee Doom will mostly likely enjoy a well-earned trip to the spelling paddock now and resume in Spring.
Her victory is the third time Ron Quinton has won the prestigious race as a trainer. His mares Timeless Wings and Amber have their names on the honour board from runs in the late 90s.
“Both went on to Queensland and cleaned them up there as well so it’s real stepping stone this race for mares going forward,” he said.
Mr Quinton says he looks forward to coming to Scone and was full of praise for the club.
“This meeting has always be a success and the club should be very proud of itself.”