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John Sargent’s Queensland Oaks winning Kiwi raider Quintessential will kick off their Spring Racing Carnival campaign at Warwick Farm this Saturday taking on a crack field of fellow staying types in the Tramway Handicap 2012.
The Fast ‘n’ Famous mare travelled across from their nativeNew Zealandfor the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival this year after their good third to Miss Artistic in the NZ Oaks back in March.
They had four starts inBrisbanefinishing top four each time, their campaign highlighted by their easy two and a half length victory in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) when the then three-year-old relished the Heavy going at Eagle Farm.
Quintessential backed up seven days after her Oaks victory to record an eye-catching second to the Peter Moody-trained Brambles in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) where she jumped from barrier 18 of 18.
After a well-earned rest she is ready to return to racing with Sargent to accept her for the $125,000 Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m) from his new Sydney-based operation.
Following a nice 100m trial at Hawkesbury back on August 27, Sargent is confident Quintessential can hit the line strongly on Saturday with improvement to come as they step up in distance this campaign.
“I gave her a good spell inQueenslandand she’s up and running now and had a trial at Hawkesbury last week where she came from last to finish fourth,” Sargent said.
“Her coat is not quite there yet so what she does on Saturday she will improve on.”
It is shaping up as an excellent edition of the early spring lead-up race with other notable nominees including last-start Show County Quality winner Moment Of Change, Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com and the fellow Chris Waller-trained stablemates Shoot Out and Rangirangdoo who may not be accepted after being allocated 62kg and 61.5kg respectively.
Quintessential is Sargent’s spring cups hopeful having been nominated for the $2.65 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 20, and the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m) when entries for the ‘race that stops a nation’ were taken on Tuesday.
“I’ll probably run her again inSydneyand make sure her two runs are good,” Sargent said.
“If they are she’ll carry on toMelbourne.”
In the latest Caulfield Cup odds, weights for the classic to be released today, Quintessential pays a juicy $51 through bookmaker.com.au while updated Melbourne Cup betting markets are still pending.
The 2012 Tramway Handicap final field and barriers are due for release shortly so stay tuned.
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