Meanwhile, at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow, trainer Ron Quinton will be looking to propel star mare Dixie Blossoms into her Spring campaign when she lines up in what looms as a challenging hurdle in the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, reports smh.com.au. Having run gallant thirds in the Gr2 Emancipation Stakes (behind Zanbagh) and Gr1 Queen Turf (behind Foxplay who has been scratched), her two trials on August 8 and August 31 have both resulted in wins. Her first trial saw her beat both Gr2 Furious Stakes runner-up Champagne Cuddles and McEwan Stakes bound Russian Revolution (see previous article). Quinton commented, "[Dixie Blossoms] is a little more advanced so is ready for 1300m. She has been going really well on the track but it is a quality field she is meeting on Saturday. I think her best is in front of her, so the spring is going to be interesting." The Theo Marks sees first up talent like Dixie Blossoms colliding with boom mare Egg Tart first up from a dual Oaks success in Adelaide and Brisbane, the talented Hayes / Dabernig raider Cannyescent, and hot second-up prospect Deploy.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Jindera Park's Gr1-winning stallion Duporth (Red Ransom-Staging, by Success Express) added a Group success when 4YO bay gelding Hey Doc (Duporth-Heyington Honey, by General Nediym) commenced his spring campaign in grand style with a strong win in the $150,000 Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Cannyescent & Grande Rosso. This was an excellent return by last season's Gr1 Australian Guineas winner who improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Australian Guineas & Gr2 Stutt Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 MRC Caulfield Guineas, Gr3 MRC Manfred Stakes & Gr3 VRC CS Hayes Stakes) from 15 starts for $1,100,900 in earnings. "I thought he was fantastic. He lifted with his big weight and showed that he is a really class horse," trainer Tony McEvoy told racing.com. "This will turn his coat and bring him on in leaps and bounds. We are right on track to go to that weight-for-age Group One in three weeks," added McEvoy, referring to the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 2 September. "I think he is a magnificent 1400 metres horse. We could look at the Makybe Diva or freshen him up for the Sir Rupert Clarke. There are plenty of options for a horse like him."