It was meant to be a nice easy lead in to the Golden Slipper for long odds-on favourite Estijaab, she was first past the post but it wasn't walk in the park.
Find out what the jockeys made of their runs in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
Brenton Avdulla (Estijaab): “I was happy with her. It’s been a funny day, there’s a bit of wind around. She pinged the lids and I just decided to ride her like was a good horse. I was positive on her but from the 700m onwards she was actually floating, waited for me to give her the go ahead. She wobbled around a bit but when she felt them get around her she levelled out and her last 100m was her best 100m.
“After riding her today I have no doubt that she will travel better with a bunny in front of her. She’s got upside. I thought she looked heavier today than what she did first up, so obviously John and the team have her peaking for two weeks time and I feel like I am on a live chance for sure.’’
Estijaab fights off all challengers to win the Reisling Stakes at Royal Randwick
Josh Parr (Pure Elation): “Terrific effort. It was a nice positive run for her. She’s had a couple of bad experiences in Melbourne so it was good for her to have a nice experience.”
Glyn Schofield (Sister Sledge): “Pleasing run.”
Hugh Bowman (Gongs): “Good run.”
Corey Brown (Outback Barbie): “She raced good but she raced really green. It was like her first time at the races, she didn’t know where she was going.”
Kerrin Mcevoy (Ennis Hill): “Just a bit keen.”
Tye Angland (Nuclear Blitz): “Not up to these horses. Travelled well but couldn’t quicken.
Jason Collett (Heavenly Thunder): “She was squeezed out at the start and couldn’t get into it after that.”
It was harder work than punters thought but Estijaab gets the job done in the Reisling. pic.twitter.com/sOS9Rj00fV
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