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What You Missed - Saturday 20th October

By Brad Gray
At Royal Randwick

Ryan Answers Burning Questions
Burning Crown doesn't miss the start, he is just slow to muster. That was the synopsis of jockey Greg Ryan after he ran third behind The Lion.

"He probably wants further, he just keeps giving them a start the way he jumps. He wants seven furlongs but if the race had have been another 100m I still would have finished in the same position as his run had started to come to an end," Greg Ryan said of the Highway Handicap favourite.

"He jumps on terms but in his next 10 strides he climbs, he did the same thing at Scone for me and even though he led his maiden at Gunnedah, they were just inferior horses."

The three-year-old, who looks to have inherited some of the quirks of his old man Helmet, was the only horse to finish in the top five that raced closer to the fence.

"I could've been in the worst part of the track, I had drawn in and was committed to be there. It may be a pattern that eventuates and if it does it will add more merit to the run," said Ryan.

"He is going to the paddock as far as I know now. He is a young horse, a little bit nervy and will be much better for the experience."

That pattern did indeed eventuate.

Group One Goal For Diplomatico
The G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes is likely to be the next stop for Brian Crowley Stakes-winner Diplomatico.

"As long as he pulls up well there might be a little race on Derby Day for three-year-olds," said Michael Hawkes.

"He has a few grades to jump but it's all up to him, he could be in the paddock as well. We'll just take it step by step but I can say he'll be some horse in the autumn.

"I wouldn't say he dead set loved (the wet track), he was half dipping and diving but half way up the straight but he dug in for the fight and kicked away."

Koby Jennings, who collected his second stakes race, believes Diplomatico has enormous scope to keep progressing.

"I gave him a bit of room down the back because I know he can get quite keen and when they stacked up I made up three lengths in two strides," said Jennings.

As for beaten favourite Roosevelt, Rachel King quipped, "Not a bad run, just a little immature. He might be better suited staying at the 1100m for now."

Resin A Chip Off The Old Block
How much does Resin remind you of her mum Beaded?

Rachel King after riding her treble (Pic: Steve Hart)

Small in stature but big on heart. The four-year-old mare added the G3 Nivison (1200m) to her record which now stands five wins from nine starts. Beaded was seven from nine at the same stage of her career but was only a Listed winner! Beaded ended her career with one Group One win and a further seven Group One placings.

The win also brought up a Randwick treble for Rachel King, her first as a senior rider.

"She is the toughest little horse, there is not much of her but she has the biggest heart. I love rising her. I love her tenacity. She just pins her ears back and wants to get stuck in, she has the best attitude," said King.

The hidden run in the race was Dyslexic. Tommy Berry reported after the race she never handled the track. She was towards the inferior inside too. Stick with her.

Noble Winner Loves A Scrap
"He travelled like the winner, let down like the winner but didn't win."

That was the snappy quote from Josh Parr after Marsupial missed in a tight three-way photo at Randwick.

One horse you don't want to be in a scrap with though is Noble Joey and Kathy O'Hara said you can feel him find again when another horse levels up.

"On the corner when the Godolphin horse smoked up on the inside I was worried about it but he found another gear," said O'Hara.

"He likes competition, he likes a fight. If they put a margin on him he'll give up the ghost but when they don't he'll think he can still win."

Check out all the results and replays for Royal Randwick on Saturday.


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