Apr 03, 2016
It was both a thrill and a relief to see Quilate break through for her maiden victory at Cranbourne on Friday evening, the promising filly not always having the best of luck in her lead-up runs but always displaying above average ability.
With the form around her stacking up well, it was only a matter of time before Quilate showed her best and she chose her home track to shine, overcoming trouble in running to find the line in impressive fashion.
Initially midfield, Quilate lost her position when the pace slackened but she continued to travel well as Luke Nolen patiently waited for the right run to come. Giving her a nudge approaching the turn, the bay quickly responded by making up several lengths in just a couple of strides.
Looming up strongly at the turn, Quilate was soon clear with her winning margin of one length not truly indicative of the ease of her victory as once in front she was not quite sure what to do
"She just got a bit complacent when she found the lead," Nolen reported, adding that "the experience tonight can go a long way to curtailing that feeling of insecurity when she hits the front."
"There is plenty of upside with her."
Michael Kent agreed.
"She looked like she was going to win by four lengths but she just wandered a bit."
Holding Quilate in high regard since her first gallop, Kent had been disappointed that she was still a maiden going into her seventh start, being keen to get her over the line in order to start planning a crack at stronger races.
"She has always shown a good turn of foot at home and she really lengthens as she quickens," he said, "I have always liked her."
Bred by Kristen Manning and Vin Lowe, Quilate is raced by them with Steve Dainton, Cheryl Milton, Judy Conway, Robert Conway, Rob Gordon, Ben Gordon, Karin McNab, Lynette Humble, Maree Pittaway, Amanda Nemaric, Calindy Conway, Dianne Manning, Max Manning, Harry Fyn (manager Jim Bhujoharry) and Racing Australia 3 (manager Kristen Manning).
The daughter of unraced parents Bramshaw and Miss Peligrosa, Quilate was named in honour of her family - her name Spanish (as is Peligrosa) for carat... and her sixth dam is Eight Carat.
Boasting three crosses of that legendary broodmare, Quilate also carries a 2 X 5 cross of her own fifth dam Cotehele House, dam of Bramshaw - and also of the outstanding stallions Commands and Danewin.
The latter sired the horse Michael Kent considers the best he has had, the Gr.3 winner Fair Trade. He too was a descendant of, and line-bred to, Cotehele House and he is the reason for Quilate's existence!
"Fair Trade was a very special horse to me," Kristen Manning said, "and when my friend Melissa Boswell-Happ spied a relation for sale she was quickly on the phone to me."
That was a Tuesday evening and by Wednesday morning Miss Peligrosa had been inspected at the stables of Jim Mason and quickly secured.
"It had always been a dream of mine to own a descendant of Eight Carat and I was keen to line-breed to her. Fortunately Bramshaw was standing at Larneuk Stud whose owner Neville Murdoch has been a great client and friend so it was a logical choice."
Miss Peligrosa - who unfortunately slipped to Commands' son Skilled last year having developed a severe case of stringhalt in both hind legs - paid a visit to Bramshaw three times, her first foal Rosie Clare showing staying ability whilst Quilate is her second and a yet to be named two-year-old (currently in pre-training at Merlin Park) her third.
"It is a big thrill to win a race with the daughter of unraced parents," Manning said, "especially when we noticed later that she had beaten home three expensive Fastnet Rocks!"
"It was also lovely to win with Luke Nolen aboard as he rode our first home-bred winner Nairina at Berrigan 18 years ago. And we were all pleased when Luke was awarded the 'ride of the night'."
There were hugs and tears aplenty after Quilate's victory with racing.com commentators noting hat it was "an emotional night!"