Quintessential (NZ) booked a berth in the G2 Brisbane Cup next month with a return-to-form victory in the G3 Chairman’s Handicap (2100m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The John Sargent trained mare starred at last year’s winter carnival but disappointed during a spring campaign in Sydney. She had won the G1 Queensland Oaks before running second to fellow Karaka graduate Brambles (NZ) in the G1 Queensland Derby.
Quintessential (4m Fast ‘N’ Famous – Florette by Sword Dance) showing she was close to peak form when finishing third to Pimms Time in the G3 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa on April 27. She settled just off the pace at Eagle Farm and after hitting the front 300m from home, held on bravely to win by half-a-length.
Christchurch based businessman Greg Tomlinson races Quintessential after buying her for $70,000 from Trelawney Stud at the 2010 NZB Select yearling sale. She first came to notice with a G3 victory in the Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham in January 2012.
Quintessential is one of five winners for USA bred dam Florette. She is from the first crop of Fast ‘n’ Famous (Redoute’s Choice) who won the G3 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington before retiring to Waikato Stud.