The Black Book: Quinton unveils lovely filly at Gosford

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by Anthony Manton

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Veteran trainer Ron Quinton has achieved Group 1 success with mares Daysee Doom (Domesday) and Dixie Blossoms (Street Sense {USA}) over the last few seasons and while the retirement of both to stud is drawing closer, Quinton may have found another potential top-class mare at Gosford on Thursday after Nangami (Zoustar) won easily on debut.

Christian Reith with trainer Ron Quinton

Ridden by Sam Clipperton, the striking grey-coloured filly utilised her inside barrier to gradually gather momentum and lead the field after 300 metres and once she found the front she was never going to be headed. Approaching the home turn Nangami had the rest of the field off the bit chasing and once Clipperton gave her more rein in the home straight she quickly put a gap in her rivals and won by nearly 4 lengths.

“She’s buzzy, she’s a bit quirky." - Trainer Ron Quinton

Nangami ran the 1100 metres in 1.06.27 and the last 600 meters of the race in 36.19 seconds on a track rated a soft 7. By comparison Nangami ran the last 600 meters significantly quicker than the colts and geldings maiden run over the same distance earlier on in the day, adding merit to the performance.

Despite appearing to do everything right in the race Quinton says Nangami is a quirky filly who will take good experience out of the win.

“She’s buzzy, she’s a bit quirky. That will be good experience for her today because she had to stand in the barriers for ages but we got the result required,” Quinton told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

Nangami winning at Gosford

Bred by Kitchwin Hills, Nangami was purchased for $140,000 at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and was originally sent to Victoria before finding her way to Quinton.

Nangami is the third foal to race from city winning mare Barangaroo (Fastnet Rock) and a half-sister to dual stakes-winner Our Crown Mistress (Star Witness).

“She’s a really nice type of filly and she’s well-bred." - Ron Quinton

Barangaroo was a $270,000 purchase as a yearling at the 2009 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale. Her second foal Our Crown Mistress brought $200,000 as a yearling at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and has earned nearly $300,000 in prize-money. She is the winner of five races including the Listed Lexus Hybrid Plate 1400 metres at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day 2017 and the Listed Just Now Quality 1350 metres at Doomben in December 2018.

Nangami boats a well-recognised pedigree that will serve her well post racing career. Her second dam is the unraced mare Bennelong Belle (Marscay), a half-sister to Group 2 winner Mardi’s Magic (Kenny’s Best Pal) and Surrealist (Kenny’s Best Pal), dam of Group 3 winner Purrealist (Tale Of The Cat {USA}) and five time Group 1 winner and Champion 3-year-old in Australia 2006 Racing To Win (Encosta De Lago).

Nangami as a yearling

Quinton believes Nangami has a pedigree that will take her a long way.

“She’s a really nice type of filly and she’s well-bred so it takes you a long way I think and she could go on from here,” said Quinton.

Jockey Sam Clipperton was confident Nangami would go close to winning provided she got to the barriers and jumped clearly without getting herself too worked-up.

“She does a few things wrong pre-race and she gets very hot so it was a good test for her because she had a horse playing-up next to her in the barriers”.

“We thought she’d go close if she got to the barriers. Once we were out of the gates she is just push button and she was too good today,” said Clipperton.