Quinton was devastated when Group One-winning mare Peeping died from colic in May.
Three months on, Dixie Blossoms announced herself, coming from last to win in Saturday’s Group Three over 1600m at Randwick.
Quinton is ready to test Dixie Blossoms during the Melbourne spring carnival in either the Group Two Matriarch Stakes (2000m) or the Group One Myer Classic (1600m).
“I’ve never seen a young bloke so confident before the race,” Quinton said.
“It turned out a great ride.
“It looked a bit dodgy there for a little while but he found the right gaps.”
The win defied a betting drift for Dixie Blossoms who went from $2.70 to $3.20.
Clark said the mare was explosive when she found clear running.
“Just needed the splits at the right time but when they presented she showed a great turn of foot,” Clark said.
“She’s a pretty high-quality mare.”
Before Saturday Dixie Blossoms had been runner-up three times in Group races including a last-start defeat in the Group Two Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill.