Dixie Blossoms Back, Ready To Defend Title

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Dixie Blossoms will bid to become the first mare to win the three times when she resumes for her final racing campaign at .

The six-year-old joined (2008-09) and Steps In Time (2012-13) as a dual winner of the race last year and trainer said she was in great shape to defend her title on Saturday.

“The thing you've got to think about a little bit is they're probably not going to get much better at this age and you've got to be a little bit fearful of the younger mares coming up,” Quinton said.

“But there's been no indication in the stable that she's not at her top so we've just got to wait and see with bated breath on Saturday.”

The Proven Thoroughbred Stakes (1400m) is named in honour of the late trainer who died suddenly five years ago after suffering a heart attack.

Walter prepared to win the feature race at Saturday's meeting, the , four times between 1999-2002, a feat champion Winx will try to equal at Randwick.

Quinton remembers Walter fondly and said it would be special to again win the race named in the late trainer's honour.

“I had great respect for Guy and his talent with horses. He was a really good fellow,” Quinton said.

“I wouldn't have ridden for him much, but I would have ridden for him a little bit towards the end of my career.

“Wendy, his wife, will be there and it will be nice if we can win it again.”

If Dixie Blossoms wins or runs second, it will nudge her prize money over $1 million.

Along with stablemate Daysee Doom, Dixie Blossoms is headed towards the Group One Classic with both mares set to be retired to stud this spring.

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