Trainer Ron Quinton is confident Daysee Doom can bounce back from a luckless run and threaten Peter Snowden’s domination of the Godolphin Crown at Hawkesbury.
The four-year-old Daysee Doom has been freshened since finishing second in the Group Two Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 25, a placing that still grates with the former jockey-turned-trainer.
Daysee Doom was travelling well until pushed out around the first turn condemning her to stay wide for the rest of the trip, yet she only got beaten by a head by Zanbagh.
Quinton also reckoned stablemate Dixie Blossoms was capable of winning but also had an “element of bad luck”.
While Dixie Blossoms backed up in the Group One Queen of the Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick a fortnight later, Quinton opted to let Daysee Doom relax before she takes on the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Artistry, the $4 favourite on Saturday.
“It was always the plan to give her a freshen-up and bring her back to 1300,” Quinton said.
Quinton nominated Artistry as the obvious threat as Snowden, who has won the Crown for fillies and mares six times since Sung triumphed in 2008, seeks to maintain his grip on the race.
He shared the spoils with son and training partner Paul last year with Nancy.
“I guess Artistry’s the one to beat but if she (Daysee Doom) runs well she’ll be in the mix. She’s never run a bad race,” Quinton said.
His only concern was drawing an “awkward” barrier 12 though Quinton felt Daysee Doom had the speed to overcome that obstacle and find a sweet spot under Andrew Adkins.
Quinton’s apprentice has fashioned an impressive record on the mare, guiding her to her three most recent wins.