Randwick-based Ron Quinton continued his magnificent association with the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) when he won the race for the fourth time as a trainer courtesy of Dixie Blossoms’ success at Rosehill on Saturday.
Quinton, who also landed the contest twice as a jockey, was saddling Dixie Blossoms to a maiden Group 1 success after the consistent mare had finished sixth in the corresponding renewal twelve months ago, while she was down the field in 2017.
The six-year-old was due to be joined by stable companion Daysee Doom in Saturday’s feature but the latter was withdrawn on account of her wide barrier and heavy track.
That scratching did not prevent Quinton from bringing up the quartet of wins as Dixie Blossoms proved too good for her rivals, winning by 2-1/2 lengths from El Dorado Dreaming, with Princess Posh a further 1-1/4 lengths back in third.
Quinton, who also numbers Cox Plate and Golden Slipper Stakes wins amongst his illustrious career as a jockey, declared Saturday’s win as his favourite success to date.
“This is my proudest day on a racecourse,” Quinton said.
“To win a Group 1 with my favourite horse is just unbelievable. She’s been knocking on the door for a couple of years and she is such a doll.
“She is one of the kindest horses you could ever have anything to do with and you could let her out on the street and she would find her way home.
“I’ve just been dying for Dixie to win that Group 1 and she was like the Dixie of old.”
Dixie Blossoms, who has now won six races and $A1.3million in stakes, is set to go to stud in the spring.