The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES

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

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