Find out what the jockeys made of their mounts after the $15m TAB Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
Kerrin McEvoy (Classique Legend): “It was a funny one because I needed to come back behind Trekking to get a slot and then they went quicker. I just had to ride my race. I looked up at the 600m and they were well in front, they were off. I thought ‘far out, if Nature Strip and his companions are back to their best they are going to take a bit of running down.
“Full credit to my horse with that cover and that soft time of it early, he was really able to power when I asked him. Soon after straightening I was confident I was going to pick them up.”
“Thrilled to get the horse over the line. Les (Bridge) has pulled a masterstroke off. He has kept him in training from the middle of since July and Carmel has attended to him like a baby. It has been fantastic. It is an unbelievable feeling to win another one.”
“Every big win is special. I was lucky enough to team up with Redzel soon after he got racing with the Snowden’s. This is a horse that Carmel (Size) threw me on and Les (Bridge) threw me on really early in his career and he showed instant brilliance. I backed him to the hilt from then on to win a good race. Last year was a tough call, I had to stick solid with Redzel and the Snowdens and this horse was a little bit unlucky.
“We’ve all been on the same page that the horse has come back bigger and better. It is extra special.”
Classique Legend wins the TAB Everest
Glen Boss (Bivouac): “He went outstanding my horse. Full credit to the winner. I followed him. He put 3 lengths on me when I was quickening. We couldn’t have beaten the winner today.”
Jason Collett (Gytrash): “Great run. He was tardy to begin. Tracked into it nicely. I was in top gear most of the way. Really good effort.”
Josh Parr (Trekking): “What a fantastic effort from him again. He is an underrated sprinter. He just keeps performing at the highest level. Little rippa.”
Brenton Avdulla (Haut Brion Her): “She ran out of her skin. We went along at a brilliant speed. She has a big race in her.”
James McDonald (Nature Strip): “We went good. Crazy tactics by the leader.”
Sam Clipperton (Santa Ana Lane): “He went super. They nearly went too quick for me. I was in back part of the field probably in the right part of the race. Had too much ground to make up. His last furlong was better than anything in the race.”
Nash Rawiller (Behemoth): “Probably didn’t around the home turn completely. He was quite disappointing in the run home. He’s a better horse than that.”
Tommy Berry (Tofane): “Pulled up very bad in the wind. I had the back of Bivouac and I thought they went quick enough to be in the race but there was a clear excuse.”
Regan Bayliss (Libertini): “I was in the right spot where the winner was following Classique Legend. We we lined up he put 3 lengths on us. Best horse won the race today.”
Rachel King (Eduardo): “Just burnt himself early.”
Tim Clark (Dollar For Dollar): “We were outclassed but we tried hard.”