Sep 30, 2017
A mare who has always displayed above average ability, the five-year-old Quilate looks to have come up better than ever - at Mornington on Saturday recording a tough 1500m victory at only her second run back from a spell.
Stepping up from 1200m having finished off nicely when resuming at the same track, Quilate jumped fast before taking a sit midfield along the rails, travelling beautifully with the winning move coming at the 600m when Ethan Brown eased the bay off the rails - allowing her to make her run through the field.
Joining the leaders turning, Quilate hit the lead at the 150m - wanting to float a little late as she is inclined to do... but it was a soft win, her fourth from 17 starts.
"She is still learning," Brown reported, adding that he was happy with how the race panned out.
"We let the speed go, that was our plan and they ran along early. Once I got the opportunity to get off the fence I took that as soon as I could and that paid off in the end."
Mindful that Quilate performs at her best when ridden out hands and heels, Brown resisted the temptation to use the whip - even when the mare wanted to ease down late... "it was tempting to pull out the stick but it was firmly in my mind not to!" he said.
Michael Kent was happy to see a plan come to fruition - "we mapped this programme out quite a while ago," he said, noting that Quilate's next assignment is the Gr.3 Ladies Day Vase at Caulfield on October 18.
"She has come up really well," Kent said, "she is more mature this time in and is going even better than she was."
"It was a centimetre perfect ride from Ethan, he was very soft on her which was important second up, he looked after her, never put the stick on her. I am sure she will come on from that."
Raced by Kristen Manning, Vin Lowe, Steve Dainton, Cheryl Milton, Judy & Robert Conway, Rob & Ben Gordon, Karin McNab, Lynette Humble, Maree Pittaway, Amanda Nemaric, Calindy Conway, Dianne & Max Manning, Harry Fyn Syndicate and Racing Australia 3, Quilate is the product of a line-breeding experiment.
Bred by Manning and Lowe, she is the second Bramshaw mare (the first being the placed but sadly injured Rosie Clare who retires to stud this year) for the unraced Dangerous mare Miss Peligrosa.
Her third Bramshaw daughter Zarzamora is in pre-training with Alex Rooney at Garfield having shown some speed in jump-outs when last in work. Miss Peligrosa, who spent three years recovering from a severe bout of stringhalt, recently foaled a Don Eduardo filly.
A member of the famed Eight Carat clan, Quilate boasts three crosses of that influential mare - her sixth dam. She is also the grandam of Bramshaw and third dam of Dangerous.
Quilate is bred along similar lines to stable star Fair Trade, also carrying a cross (2 X 5) of Eight Carat's wonderful daughter Cotehele House who was represented by three runners on Saturday, all being winners - Underground successful at Kembla Grange and Sure Deal at the Gold Coast.