RON’S DIXIE BLOSSOMS FOR CHRIS TIAN
POPULAR mare Dixie Blossoms returned from a spell with a bang in the 1400m Group 2 at Royal Randwick yesterday.
The Ron Quinton-trained five-year-old mare beat Raiment by three-quarters of a length after coming from back in the field.
Jockey Christian Reith rode patiently from the back but decided not to ride for luck and weaved through the field.
He pulled the mare out wide to make her run and she showed her class to get the job done.
“There was no hurry because I was on the best horse in the race,” Reith said.
“I just let her get into a rhythm so she could go through her gears and I probably got there a bit too soon but I had to expose her a little early to get out.’’
Reith said he was given a big boost about the mare’s chances in what was his second ride on the horse.
“She always runs well and all week Ron’s been upbeat about the way she’s been going which gave me more confidence,’’ he said. “It’s a pleasure to be able to ride the horse for the owners.”
Quinton praised Reith’s composure and said Dixie Blossoms will clash again with stablemate Daysee Doom in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.
“It is going to be one of the best Coolmores you would ever see,’’ Quinton said.
Dixie Blossoms is on target for the Coolmore Stakes after a dominant return to racing yesterday. Picture: Simon Bullard