May 12, 2016
The stable's stellar run continued at Sandown on Wednesday... Michael Kent cheering on his fifth consecutive metropolitan winner when Quilate proved too strong for her rivals in the Crown Golden Ale Plate.
Sent out favourite on the strength of a dominant maiden victory at her home track (four subsequent winners behind her), Quilate had endured a set-back since that run five weeks previously... a bruised heel seeing her miss a run at Caulfield a couple of weeks ago.
But she was in great order heading to Sandown and Kent was confident of a bold showing, always holding Quilate in high esteem.
"She is a lovely filly who does everything right at home, she really stretches out in her work and can accelerate quicky."
Settling back, Quilate was on the rails early but Dwayne Dunn, riding the three-year-old for the first time, soon had her off the fence and travelling well.
Hemmed in for a couple of strides early in the straight, Quilate was soon into the clear - making up ground quickly between the 400m and the 200m - hitting the lead with 150m to go and getting clear late to win by a soft half length.
Dunn was instructed not to use the whip on Quilate who had been inclined to curl up when struck at previous outings - but he admitted that he did have it out once - "I couldn't help myself, it's the one thing Mick will not be happy about!" he said.
That was at the 120m but Dunn was soon back to hands and heels riding and Quilate responded well, strong to the line as she was when she won her maiden.
Dunn was impressed by the bay's performance, noting that "she came out from behind them and sprinted quickly," adding that there is scope for further improvement with Quilate still having a bit to learn.
"She has got a little bit of attitude but she has obviously always shown the talent and it was good to see her put two together."
"She was just a bit aggressive going to the gates but she puts that into her racing which is great."
Described early days by Kent as "a natural," Quilate won her first two jump-outs at two, debuting with a close-up Geelong fifth in a good form race in April last year.
Placed at two spring runs, she was fifth behind subsequent Group Two winner Catch A Fire at Moonee Valley first up in mid-February before seconds at Sandown and Pakenham.
Pulling up with mucous in her lungs after Pakenham (a race won by subsequent city winner Vandancer with the Group Three placed Queensland Oaks bound Zasorceress third), Quilate atoned with her maiden victory on April 1.
Likely to now step up to Saturday class, Quilate is raced by Kristen Manning, Vin Lowe, 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.
The first Melbourne city winner for her regally bred but unraced sire Bramshaw (an Encosta de Lago half-brother to Danewin and Commands), Quilate is the second foal for the unraced Dangerous mare Miss Peligrosa.
Not served last year having needed time to recover from a serious bout of stringhalt, Miss Peligrosa has two full sisters to Quilate - the four-year-old Rosie Clare (a last start Moe second) due to race at Cranbourne on Friday night whilst her yet to be named two-year-old is in pre-training at Merlin Park.
It was an experimental mating that produced Quilate, her fifth dam Cotehele House (daughter of the legendary Eight Carat) being the dam of Bramshaw whilst Dangerou is a great grandson of Eight Carat.
Quilate is named in honour of her family heritage - Peligrosa Spanish for Dangerous whilst Quilate is Spanish for Carat.