The owner, trainer and jockey behind bonny mare Dixie Blossoms will reunite at Gosford on Tuesday when the intriguing debutant Miss Connie has her first start.
The Ron Quinton-trained mare races in the cerise and white hoops of prominent owner/breeder Alan Osburg who bought Miss Connie in England where she was foaled.
Despite her British heritage, Miss Connie is at least half colonial, being a daughter of our own Exceed And Excel.
Miss Connie landed in Australia almost two years to the day of her first start on Tuesday which comes after six barrier trials and a couple of false starts as Hall of Famer Quinton explained.
‘’The last couple of times I have had her in she’s had a minor problem and I’ve had to wait and just fix her up,” he said.
“And finally we should be able to get her there (on Tuesday).’’
Even a wide draw wasn’t going to prevent Miss Connie from strutting her stuff in the Taperell Rutledge Solicitors Maiden Plate (1100m).
‘’It’s not ideal for a first starter but you’ve got a pretty good straight run from the 1100m,’’ Quinton said.
Much of what happens, luck notwithstanding, for Miss Connie is the first furlong rests with her jockey Christian Reith.
Reith enjoyed a fabulous association with Dixie Blossoms late in her career but far from her twilight time.
Reith was aboard Dixie Blossoms at six of her last eight starts including her defining win in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) in 2019.
Dixie Blossoms has delivered a pair of bay fillies in the spring of 2020 and 2021, both of them as it happens are daughters of Miss Connie’s father, Exceed And Excel.
It will be a while before Miss Connie is at stud but as Quinton pointed out, her pedigree is nothing short of world class.
“Miss Connie’s dam, Connote, is by Oasis Dream who is one of the top stallions in Europe,” he said.
“Connote is also a half sister to Continent who was the Champion European Sprinter in 2002.’’
Should she be successful today, Miss Connie will become Exceed And Excel’s 1616th individual winner spread across an incredible 48 countries.