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Gr1 Caulfield Cup Jockey Comments

Monday, 19th October 2009

Post-race comments from the jockeys in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup:

  • Brad Rawiller (Viewed 12-1) 1st: I hadn't spent a penny. I knew the horse was going to be strong to the line so I was pretty confident on the turn. When you get a run like that you virtually save 10-lengths in 100m, so it was a good result. And thankfully the horse did the job.
  • Hugh Bowman (Roman Emperor 14-1) 2nd: No excuses. I had a good run. He was always going to be improved by the run. The toppy (top-weighted winner Viewed) will get a penalty (for the Melbourne Cup) & we won't.
  • Corey Brown (Vigor 14-1) 3rd: Took my time easing across. At the Winning Post I got to 3-wide & didn't think I was going to get in, but was able to get in & travelled 3-back, 1-off (the rail). Got excited on straightening, thought I was the winner. But the first 2 were just too good for him. He was very honest. He run very well with a light weight but just wasn't good enough on the day.
  • Chris Munce (Daffodil 10-1) 4th: On the corner she was going to put herself right into it & win the race. I reckon possibly a bit of condition gave out over the last furlong. But other than that I was happy with her run & she has to be a genuine Melbourne Cup contender on that effort.
  • Dwayne Dunn (Fiumicino 80-1) 5th: He went super. Fourth-up today, he probably lacked a little bit of fitness. He gave a real good kick off the bend & gave everyone a bit of excitement for a little while. He just ran out of gas, but he ran a super race.
  • Vlad Duric (Master O'Reilly 14-1) 6th: He really didn't draw a gate today to be right in the finish. At the half mile Predatory Pricer gave him a bit of a squeeze & he lost his spot. He's a much better horse back at Flemington. So good run towards the Melbourne Cup.
  • Kerrin McEvoy (Kirklees 8.5-1) 7th: Bit ordinary. Don't know what they are going to do with him. He didn't begin as well as what I would have liked, so we ended a bit worse than midfield on the back of Cima De Triomphe. When the pace increased he didn't zip into the race like I thought he might. His run was okay without being one of his best.
  • Michelle Payne (Allez Wonder 9-1) 8th: She didn't finish it off because she was closer than I expected. Maybe if she could have been ridden quieter she would have finished off better, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the time.
  • Mark Zahra (Zavite 40-1) 9th: Okay. Just very one-paced. Never quickened up at all, but he will push on to the Melbourne Cup & probably see him again bowl along. You know he will stay.
  • Craig Newitt (Harris Tweed 40-1) 10th: I thought he ran pretty good. He was a bit one paced when the speed came into it & lost a couple of lengths, but made it up in the straight. Think he was probably looking for 2 miles.
  • Glen Boss (Ready To Lift 40-1) 11th: Every chance, followed the winner but not up to this class.
  • Steven King (Predatory Pricer 7-1) 12th: He just over raced. I was hoping to slot in somewhere, but he just pulled himself into the ground. He is probably a better mile-and-a-quarter horse.
  • Damien Oliver (Cima De Triomphe 8.5-1) 13th: Disappointing. No excuses.
  • Glyn Schofield (Red Lord 40-1) 14th: As soon as the business end of the race started, they just left him behind & he couldn't follow the speed.
  • Steven Arnold (C'Est La Guerre 18-1) 15th: He was a little bit disappointing in the run home. Travelled a bit keen down the side. Last furlong was very disappointing.
  • Nick Hall (Sarrera 70-1) 16th: Just needed it a little bit wetter.
  • Luke Nolen (Light Vision 14-1) 17th: Just really one-paced. Not like him at all today.
  • Danny Nikolic (Red Ruler 16-1) 18th: Awful. Terrible.
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