Classy colt Kementari continued his dominance among the three-year-old ranks with a big Group 1 win but there were plenty of nice runs in behind him.
Find out what the jockeys made of their runs in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
Glyn Schofield (Kementari): “We went back to riding him to allow his explosiveness to be evident when it was needed. Two weeks ago when he won at Rosehill in the Hobartville we were positive on him because of the barrier but he had a bit of work to get across but he was still strong late. I had no worries here today if I had to go forward I was happy to do that. The pace was so genuine from the first 100m, I just slotted in anywhere he was comfortable and he did the rest.
“You don’t win the race at the 600m. If I’d let him go at the 600m he would have whizzed around them and hit the front but he’s got such an explosive turn of speed. Whatever I’ve got in front of me, I know they’re not going to match his turn of speed.”
“I can afford the pleasure to have patience and see what they are doing and when Ace High didn’t really take me into the run, I thought my only was going to come from the grey horse out the back. It was very soft in the end.”
Kementari proves a class above in the Randwick Guineas at Royal Randwick
Corey Brown (Pierata): “He was a fraction unlucky. He drew barrier 1 so I didn’t have a lot of options. The speed slackened coming to the home turn. He travelled up really nicely but the runs never appeared. He went super.”
Tim Clark (Trapeze Artist): “He went terrific. I would have loved to of gotten cover. He trucked along a bit without cover. If he had drawn low and gotten cover I think we would have run a clear second. He ran great regardless.”
Tye Angland (Ace High): “Really good run. I fell into a nice spot but they steadied up at the 1200-1000m. I had to get him into clear daylight and get him rolling from there. The best part is he was strong the last 100m.”
Jason Collett (Age Of Fire): “Good run. Flat footed early but quite nice through the line.”
Blake Shinn (Sully): “The horse ran okay. I did expect better from a placegetter in a VRC Derby. We’ll see more once he gets up over a bit further.
Brad Rawiller (Peaceful State): “He was disappointing today. We had a good run, probably closer than what I thought we’d be but I was really happy to land where we did. Maybe he just didn’t back up.”
Jay Ford (Tangled): “He copped some early scrimmage after the furlong. He didn’t get involved after that.”
Adam Hyeronimus (Capital Gain): “His race was over at the start when he got flattened the poor bugger. He’ll be right going forward.”
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Andrew Adkins (D'argento): “The barrier brought him undone. We had to get back a bit further than I would have liked and we had to do work circling the field. It was a good run though.”
Christian Reith (Siege Of Quebec): “He was really good today. He did everything good, jumped well, travelled nicely. He wants ten furlongs now and he’ll be a good horse in the Rosehill Guineas.”
Brenton Avdulla (Kaonic): “He ran well. I thought he was going to finish his race right off and run top three but he peaked on his run at the 100m.”
Josh Parr (Condor): “He’s a lovely horse and he might be better in the spring.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Tangmere): “We had to ride him quiet from the gate and he just lacked the zip to get back into the race from there. Ten furlongs suits and the Rosehill Guineas is next.”