What The Jockeys Said After The Cox Plate

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COX PLATE JOCKEYS’ COMMENTS

Damian Lane (Lys Gracieux) 1st : “The pace was a lot stronger than I thought it would be to the first corner but I just took my medicine. She got a little bit keen when the pace came out of the race but gee I was confident once I got around the side. She probably didn’t get around the track that well but she was too good anyway.”

Craig Williams (Castelvecchio) 2nd : “Wow! He was so awesome in defeat. I loved the way he put himself in a forward position. We got into a nice rhythm, he travelled inside the 600 (metres), towed me there and I thought, we’ll make the Japanese mare see if she’s as good as her form suggests and unfortunately, she was.”

Opie Bosson (Te Akau Shark) 3rd : “He ran a blinder. He got back from the draw but he made ground good late. I had to stay inside, I couldn’t get out but full credit to him, it was a good run.”

Ryan Moore (Magic Wand) 4th : “She travelled well in a good position and she kept galloping to the line as best she could. I thought she ran well all things considered.”

Anthony Darmanin (Mystic Journey) 5th : “She was super, I’m proud of her. She did everything right, she travelled beautiful in the run. Just on the corner, she really didn’t like the going, it was a bit choppy and she didn’t find her footing for another 50 metres but she came again late.”

Hugh Bowman (Kings Will Dream) 6th : “I couldn’t have asked for a better run in transit, I just didn’t have the engine that I’m accustomed to, but I was very pleased with him.”

Kerrin McEvoy (Avilius) 7th : “He travelled really nicely. I was really happy with the way he went. We moved into a striking position on the corner but he just levelled out a bit in the last furlong.”

Dwayne Dunn (Harlem) 8th : “They just went a fraction too quick for him. He needs to travel a little bit harder and then he has a finish.”

Brad Rawiller (Black Heart Bart) 9th : “I was really proud of his performance. He kept giving, it just wasn’t the perfect scenario today outside the leader.”

Mark Zahra (Cape Of Good Hope) 10th : “He had a beautiful run and followed Castelvecchio. Just got found wanting under the sustained pressure.”

Ben Melham (Homesman) 11th : “He ended up at the back but I felt he had a cosy enough run and got through them well but what you saw was what you got.”

James McDonald (Verry Elleegant) 12th : “It’s probably a year too soon for her. She just doesn’t execute well enough for a Cox Plate.”

Tommy Berry (Kluger) 13th : “Too bad to be true, really. I got him in a nice spot down the side but he never travelled.”

Jamie Spencer (Danceteria) Last : “Didn’t handle the track.”

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