Automatic entry into the Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile during The Championships went to Comin' Through in a tight finish to the Group 2 Hyland Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Find out what the jockeys made of their mounts' runs.
Michael Walker (Comin’ Through): “He used to fire up when he was younger. I might get him led to the start next time.”
“My Boss Sir Owen is here today. He is my good luck charm. Every time he is here I win on him. Hopefully that win gets him into the Doncaster I think he is a great hope.
“He wasn’t going to get them, then he kicked into gear. He is a funny horse. You have to ride him quiet and not go on him too early. Chris has done a tremendous job with this horse.”
Comin’ Through prevails in the Ajax Stakes at Rosehill Gardens
Blake Shinn (Tom Melbourne): “He ran well, obviously first up 1500m. I think the critical thing that may have got him beat was when the winner let Prized Icon in at the 900m, the pace then dropped off and we got a pair further back. He got over-racing a bit which took a little bit away from his finish. First up he needed everything to go his way, which it didn’t, but still a very credible run.”
Corey Brown (Radipole): “Ran really well, he’s a funny horse just a bit one-paced. Heading towards the Doncaster with no weight on his back he’ll be a reasonable chance.”
Glyn Schofield (Prized Icon): “Had to do a little bit of work to get a spot, but from that point on he raced a little bit one-paced and is probably looking for further now.”
Craig Williams (McCreery): “He ran really well, having a nice run up the inside and saving ground, but he’s pulled up pretty quick after the race so I definitely think he would like some give in the track.”
Tim Clark (Arbeitsam): “Ran really well that run will top him off nicely.”
Brenton Avdulla (Cellarman): “He ran terrific, just got a bit crowded from the furlong onwards but he wasn’t beaten far.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Life Less Ordinary): “Run was okay, he ran into it along the rails, he just emptied out the last furlong. He’ll take nice improvement out of the run.”
Comin’ Through denies Tom Melbourne again, winning the Ajax Stakes pic.twitter.com/9Jk2PrdO85
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