THE Ron Quinton-trained mare Alchermes hasn’t raced on a heavy track before today but if she is anything like her great-grandam Whisked, she should plough through it.
Quinton has first hand experience of Whisked’s epic talent, having ridden against the Grahame Begg trained filly who like Alchermes, wore the famous ‘red, white cap’ colours of the Tait/Nivison families.
“Whisked was good all right,’’ Quinton recalled. “She was by Whiskey Road and they loved the wet.
“I didn’t ride Whisked but I rode Twiglet a bit basically in between trips for me when I went to Ireland.’’
Whisked and Twiglet met five times in the period spanning 1989 and 1991 with a scoreline of 4-1 to Begg’s filly.
Both fillies went on to foal Group 1 winners; Whisked produced Tie The Knot whilst Twiglet threw Hong Kong idol fairy King Prawn and Easy Rocking who, as it happens, was Quinton’s first Group 1 winner as a trainer 20 years ago this weekend.
As for pressing matters, Quinton is rightfully confident that Alchermes can win for a third time in her career when she steps out in today’s ATC Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap (1400m) at Randwick/Kensington.
The daughter of Excelebration is primed to peak on Wednesday after two rock solid performances last month.
“She got a bit lost on the Kenso last start,’’ Quinton explained. ‘’Sam (Clipperton) said she lost her bearings a little bit on the turn. Her first-up run was really good. Her second-up run probably wasn’t quite as good but as I say, she had some excuses.
“She hasn’t run a bad race in her whole career bar the last run of the last campaign where she was probably just coming to the end of it.
“She had a nice spell and has come back and poking along quite nicely.
“The race should suit her (today) and she has drawn a good gate but you never know on that Kensington Track how it is going to work out. It is a tricky track. Even the jockeys have trouble working out how to ride it, you’re not quite sure of they can come from back or up-front, I suppose most times it is tempo related.
“But look, she is very, very well and she has had a month between runs which I am not worried about. She looks the best she has looked this time in. She has built up and she looks a lot stronger.
“I expect her to run very well,’’ the Hall of Famer told the Daily Telegraph.
Quinton is naturally eager to win some black-type with Alchermes and return her to her famed owner/breeders as another gold mine broodmare prospect.
Even before then, Alchermes value is in line for a considerable boost as early as this weekend if her very close relation, Cherry Tortoni, wins the VRC Victoria Derby (2500m) in the red and white colours.
Originally published asKensington Wednesday Preview
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