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Race Day: Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 17 March 2018
Ron Quinton loves his mares DAYSEE DOOM and DIXIE BLOSSOMS. DAYSEE is neat, strong and tough, while DIXIE is more athletic and dynamic. Both are high quality and proved that again today in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic.
DAYSEE DOOM settled up on an honest speed set by FLIPPANT, moved to the lead and kept lifting to win as challengers came from everywhere, DIXIE BLOSSOMS slicing home from the back without much luck for a very close 0.9 length 6th. It was an incredible finish with only 2.3 lengths between 1st and the 13th-placed ALIZEE.
Andrew Noblet's SILENT SEDITION once again just missed out after placing in the 2017 Coolmore Classic, running 3rd beaten 0.3 lengths, while the very well-backed OREGAN'S DAY couldn't quite get there in 2nd.
There was even more drama one race later as the much-maligned TOM MELBOURNE was sent out as favourite in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes. He had run 2nd in most of his starts for Chris Waller and as scripted the big striking galloper loomed up and peaked late, stable-mate COMIN' THROUGH too fit when it mattered most.
Earlier in the day WRITTEN BY (1st) and SANDBAR (2nd) positioned themselves as the horses to beat in the Golden Slipper, storming clear of the chasing pack in the Pago Pago Stakes, running rapid time in the process. SUNLIGHT won the Magic Night in a 0.52 second (3.5 length) slower time, but she looks like she has more to give next week.
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