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Dixie Blossoms is onto the Group 1 Coolmore Classic 2017 after the classy Ron Quinton-trained mare had an all-too-easy time in the wet winning the Guy Walter Stakes on Chipping Norton Stakes Day.
An ultra-consistent daughter of Street Sense, the four-year-old had things her way up front leading all-the-way in the $200,000 Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) on a Heavy (9) Randwick track.
Jockey Tim Clark was handed the spot on front by default on the mare who was coming off a close third in the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) first-up on February 13.
“She’s obviously a really talented mare,” Clark said after the victory.
“I’m just really wrapped to ride a winner for Ronnie.”
Dixie Blossoms was left alone in the lead heading the field around ahead of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Flippant who was working away well in second on the back of the Group 2 Breeders Classic third behind In Her Time.
In her autumn return the John Thompson-trained Zanbagh was also up on the speed throughout in third, while jockey Glyn Schofield was having a hard time getting Danish Twist to switch off in fourth.
Clark enjoyed a soft lead on Dixie Blossoms who, once on the straight, was cuddled-up before drawing clear to kick away and canter home absolutely swimming on the wet track.
In the end the Guy Walter Stakes looked nothing more than a barrier trial for the favourite in betting Dixie Blossoms ($3) who had six lengths clear on the line from the runner-up Zanbagh ($9) who battled on well ahead of the third-placed Flippant ($7.50).
“We didn’t know how she’d go on the Heavy track,” Quinton said post-win.
“But she’s such an adaptable mare.
“It worked out really well.”
Quinton’s autumn campaign plans for Dixie Blossoms are working out a treat and she will back-up in a fortnight in the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 11.
“It’s two weeks to the Coolmore so should be ideal,” Quinton, who won the same Group 1 last year with the ill-fated Peeping, said.
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2017 Guy Walter Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Randwick Race 8 – 25/02/2017
|1||4||DIXIE BLOSSOMS||Ron Quinton||Tim Clark||–||9||55kg||$3.10F|
|2||2||ZANBAGH||John P Thompson||Jason Collett||6.5L||8||56kg||$8|
|3||6||FLIPPANT||Peter & Paul Snowden||Corey Brown||8L||3||54kg||$5.50|
|4||8||SHILLELAGH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||8.4L||5||54kg||$5|
|5||10||I TOLD GEORGIE||Danny Williams||Jay Ford||12.2L||1||54kg||$71|
|6||11||MALI ROSE||Anthony Cummings||Robert Thompson||12.9L||6||54kg||$41|
|7||3||DANISH TWIST||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||13L||11||55kg||$3.20|
|–||1||FIRST SEAL||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||PRESS REPORT||Kris Lees||Ms Kathy O’Hara||–||0||–||–|
|–||7||HAPPY HANNAH||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||THAMES COURT||David Brideoake||Tye Angland||–||0||–||–|
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