It was a dream come true for well-known pedigree enthusiast, form writer and thoroughbred author Kristen Manning when her homebred Quilate (Bramshaw) finished powerfully to claim Wednesday’s Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase at Caulfield.
The Mick Kent trained Quilate was the outsider of the Ladies Day Vase field, but there was an air of confidence from those close to her, with her work on Saturday morning described by track-rider Ethan Brown as “perfect.”
“I thought she put them away well today. She put her ears back and really fought out the race,” jockey Beau Mertens said.
“She’s a homebred for Kristen Manning, she is a lovely owner, really takes pride in her horses, so I was happy she stuck with me today. She’s a very passionate horse person, and it’s a great thrill to ride a Group 3 home-bred winner for her.”
It was Quilate’s fifth success from 18 starts with her prize money tally now a healthy $211,315.
“We have always thought that she had this ability. It is a great result for them, for a home-bred,” trainer Kent said, “they will be excited for a while.”
Excited indeed, with her owners, led by breeder Kristen Manning emotional, to say the least!
It has always been Manning’s dream to breed a stakes winner and she was happy to share the thrill with partner Vin Lowe and their five-year-old son Ashley who later declared that “this is the best day ever” as he proudly carted the trophy around the course.
Vin purchased Quilate’s dam Miss Peligrosa with the last $2000 left from his redundancy package after 35 years at Moonee Valley, which has proven to be a very clever investment.
“We could see the value in her as a dam through her Eight Carat connection, and were surprised we could afford her. I was very happy (when we got her). Breeding to race gives you an advantage for sure,” Manning said.
Kristen though knows how tough it can be when you tally up all of the time and money put into getting a horse such as Quilate to the track,.
“One of the main things is how long it takes to educate yourself. You don’t get these results with your first mare, you have to learn, and you make so many mistakes along the way, it takes you a while to figure it out,” said Manning.
Quilate will now head to Flemington on Cup day for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Plate over 1400 metres for fillies and mares.
“I have never won a race at Flemington, but I did think that if I won a race there it would be an extra special one and it doesn’t get more special than during the spring week, on Cup day and with Quilate.”
Quilate comes from the fourth crop of 31 live foals sired by the impeccably bred Encosta de Lago sire Bramshaw who previously stood at Larnuek Stud (and is now in Tasmania).
He is a member of the prolific Eight Carat (GB) family and is a half-brother to outstanding racehorses and stallions Danewin and Commands.
Eight Carat features again on the dam-side of Quilate as she is out of the unraced Miss Peligrosa whose sire Dangerous (Danehill) is a half-brother to triple Group 1 winner Viscount and a brother to Listed winner Helsinborg out of the stakes-winning Sir Tristram mare Antwerp a granddaughter of Eight Carat.
The Eight Carat influence is also seen in Miss Peligrosa’s dam, the Generous mare Jersey Cream whose granddam Wycombe is a half-sister to Bramshaw, Commands and Danewin.
Miss Peligrosa was one of only three mares to visit AJC Australian Derby hero Don Eduardo (NZ), a grandson of Eight Carat (GB) in 2016 and she delivered a filly on August 25, but her mating plans for this year are still to be confirmed.
Quilate becomes the first stakes winner for Bramshaw and the third winner in eight days, with Stormy Shore winning at Moe and Royal Lady in Penang.
And the ever astute Mick Kent on training a galloper of unraced parents…“It’s all in the pedigree, so it doesn’t matter.”
And it certainly isn’t stopping Quilate….