Jockey?s comments after the Caulfield Cup
What the jockeys said after Saturday’s Caulfield Cup.
BRAD RAWILLER (VIEWED, 1ST): "I thought one or two jockeys might leave the fence but they all did down the side. I didn’t need to be asked twice to improve on the rail. We took all the short cuts. He hadn’t spent a penny and I knew the horse was going to be stronger than anything going to the line. I’d have to say this is a bigger thrill than winning the Golden Slipper. To win a Caulfield Cup for Bart Cummings is one of the best feelings a jockey can have."
HUGH BOWMAN (ROMAN EMPEROR, 2ND): "No excuses. I had a good run. He was always going to be improved by the run. The toppy (topweight Viewed) will get a (Melbourne Cup) penalty and we won’t."
COREY BROWN (VIGOR), 3RD): "Had a perfect run. We travelled three back and I got excited on the turn where I thought I was the winner."
CHRIS MUNCE (DAFFODIL, 4TH): "I thought she ran really well. On the corner I thought she was going to put herself right into it and win the race. Possibly a bit of condition gave out in the last furlong (200m). She’s a genuine Melbourne Cup contender."
DWAYNE DUNN (FIUMICINO, 5TH): "He ran a super race. He probably lacked a little bit of fitness fourth-up."
VLAD DURIC (MASTER O’REILLY, 6TH): "I was niggling at him the whole race. I got squeezed up by Predatory Pricer at the half-mile (800m). H’es a much better horse at Flemington."
KERRIN MCEVOY (KIRKLEES, 7TH): "A bit ordinary. He didn’t begin as well as I would have liked so we ended up 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. I don’t know that they’re going to do with him now."
MICHELLE PAYNE (ALLEZ WONDER, 8TH): "She didn’t finish it off because she was closer than I expected but I had no choice but to take up the position I did. She might have finished it off if she’d been ridden a little bit quieter."
MARK ZAHRA (ZAVITE, 9TH): "Okay. He was very one-paced. Never quickened up at all but he’ll push on to the (Melbourne) Cup and we’ll probably see him bowl along again. You know he’ll stay."
CRAIG NEWITT (HARRIS TWEED, 10TH): "I thought he ran pretty good. He was a bit one-paced when the speed came into it and lost a couple of lengths but made it up in the straight. He’s looking for two miles (3200m)."
GLEN BOSS (READY TO LIFT, 11TH): "Every possible chance, following the winner. She’s not up to that class."
STEVEN KING (PREDATORY PRICER, 12TH): "Just pulled too hard. Pulled himself into the ground. He’s probably a mile (1600m) or mile-and-a-quarter (2000m) horse.
DAMIEN OLIVER (CIMA DE TRIOMPHE, 13TH): "Very disappointing, no excuses."
GLYN SCHOFIELD (RED LORD, 14TH): "Every hope from where he was and when they quickened they left him behind. Not good enough."
STEVEN ARNOLD (C’EST LA GUERRE, 15TH): "He was a little bit disappointing in the run home. He travelled pretty good down the side but the last furlong (200m) was disappointing."
NICHOLAS HALL (SARRERA, 16TH): "He just needed it a little bit wetter."
LUKE NOLEN (LIGHT VISION, 17TH): "Very one-paced. Not like him at all today."
DAN NIKOLIC (RED RULER, LAST): "Awful, a terrible run."