Quinton does it again
Ron Quinton continued an excellent run with his small team when lightly-raced Under Arrest scored his first city win at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Under Arrest’s 1-1/2 length victory in theraces.com.au Handicap (1200m) was Quinton’s sixth city success this season.
“I’ve only got between eight and nine in work and they’ve been racing really well,” Quinton said.
“I’m not much of a fan of strike rates but my figures are pretty impressive this season with a small team.”
An eight-time Sydney premiership-winning jockey before turning to training, Quinton said Under Arrest was continuing to improve with racing.
The trainer went into Wednesday’s meeting confident the three-year-old would deliver after his easy maiden victory over the same distance at Hawkesbury on November 4.
The gelding raced up to expectations, leading all the way to defeat Jacopo with High Finance third.
“All he has done is keep improving,” Quinton said.
“He ran second at Hawkesbury (three starts ago behind Bellissimo) in a strong form race and he’s just kept getting better since.
“I’ve had a lot of confidence in this horse this preparation and I hope he can continue to keep improving.”
Quinton works for Racing NSW helping the development of apprentice jockeys but said he’s still as passionate as ever about training.
“I love training, I really do enjoy it and I’d like more horses,” he said.
“I had a pretty lean last five years or so but with this bit of a good run I’m having, hopefully people might take a bit of notice.”
Quinton was one of three former Sydney jockeys to train winners at Canterbury with Kevin Moses and Mark De Montfort also in the winners’ circle.
Moses labelled Sure Diversion, winner of the TJ’S Champagne Bar Plate (1100m), as a horse to follow after the lightly-raced four-year-old scored by three-quarters of a length at just his second start since spending almost a year off the scene.
“Today was the perfect race for him being a set weights maiden and I think he might go on and win a nice race one day,” Moses said.
“He’s had his problems but he’s over them now and that was a good effort today going to the front, coming back from 1250 metres first-up to 1100 metres today.
“He’s a horse with a bit of a future.”
Later in the day the De Montfort-trained Starlene scored a deserved win in the Grand Pavilion Handicap (1200m).
The filly had finished runner-up in her first three starts but after settling just behind the speed the daughter of Choisir got the split in the straight and sprinted quickly to defeat Biggietupac by a length.