It was an Oaks three-peat for champion jockey Hugh Bowman as Unforgotten followed wins by Bonneval (2017) and Sofia Rosa (2016) in the three-year-old fillies classic.
Find out what the jockeys made of their horses’ runs in the Group 1 $1m James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick.
Hugh Bowman (Unforgotten): “She’s a lovely filly, we had a slight concern of her running a strong mile and a half, it was a staying test today and this filly came through with flying colours.
“Who knows what’s in store for her in the future.”
“I was always confident, I had such a lovely run in transit, I worked her on Tuesday morning so I knew what she was capable of, I knew from the 400m that I had Hiyaam covered, but I wasn’t to know what was coming from behind me, but it would have been a monumental effort to come from behind and run me down because she was superb the last 500m.”
Unforgotten runs down Hiyaam to win the Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick
Michael Dee (Hiyaam): “She is very tough. That wind fired her up a little bit down the back and down the side. I needed her to relax for another furlong and that may have been the difference. She is so tough.”
Damien Oliver (Miss Admiration): “It was a career best for her. She stays really well and the strong tempo of the mile and a half really suited.”
Mark Zahra (Aloisia): “She got too far back and couldn’t get into the race.”
Chris Johnson (Savvy Coup): “She had her chance. She ran a brave race. She just peaked coming to the end a little bit.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Luvaluva): “She was back and wide. She never got a chance to get into the race. She was well below her best.”
Luke Currie (Bring Me Roses): “She was good. She took a while to find her spot. The winner pushed her out of the way and quickened away from her. I thought she worked to the line well. She is a nice stayer in the making.”
Craig Williams (Contessa Vanessa): “She gave me a lovely ride behind the speed. Graeme Rogerson says she will be spelled.”
Michael Walker (Danzdanzdance): “She went super. She had a really good run. She was flat a really long way out and usually a horse would stop. She kept trying. If they take it home and she puts on 60-70kg she would be a better horse. She’s at the end of her prep now but I take my hat off to her.”
Unforgotten chases down a brave Hiyaam to win the Australian Oaks in race record time!
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Jason Collett (Chilly Cha Cha): “She probably didn’t relax well enough to see out the 2400m.”
Damian Lane (She's A Treasure): “It was probably all a bit much for her. She will be a better horse next preparation.”
Rhys McLeod (Naivasha): “I think the whole experience got the better of her.”
Dwayne Dunn (Wild Sea): “It was probably a step too far for her at this time of her life.”