Find out what the jockeys made of their mounts after the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick won by the Chris Waller-trained Kolding.
Glen Boss (Kolding): “He is a very good horse. He’s a quality individual with a real presence about him. He’s a good feel horse. As soon as you get over his neck you think gee you have got some quality. It gives you a bit of confidence before you get to the start that you are on a really good horse.
“I was confident at the top of the straight that I was going to run really well but when Nash on Fierce Impact put three quarters of a length on me really quick I thought oh gee that’s just too good but to his credit he lifted when I asked him to. That’s a good sign heading towards the Epsom.”
Kolding wins the Bill Ritchie Handicap at Royal Randwick
Nash Rawiller (Fierce Impact): “Had a lovely run, I tried to time my run as best I could, but just got beat by a better horse on the day. It was a great effort.”
Josh Parr (Tally): “Obviously looking for further, he just lacks that tactical speed.”
James McDonald (Avantage): “Just needed the run a little bit, she’ll improve as she gets further into her preparation.”
Luke Currie (Archedemus): “He’s coming along nicely, he still needed that, he’ll be better when he gets out to the mile and can dictate.”
Brenton Avdulla (Star Of The Seas): “He trialled well.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Cascadian): “A little bit sluggish out of the gates, he travelled nicely, he settled after a furlong. Had to cut the corner a little bit, we were going for tight runs and we got buffeted around a little bit which didn’t help his finishing effort. All in all a nice second run in Australia, I think he has improvement still to come, his coat is still getting there. He’s one to keep an eye on.”
Jay Ford (My Xpression): “She was good, she tracked into it really strong, but the last furlong she failed to close it off.”
Tim Clark (Purple Sector): “Really good return, he’ll improve a lot of that. He’s okay on the track, but a drier track will suit him even better.”
Tommy Berry (Desert Lord): “Massive run, he had the tough first up run, he’s a horse who has to be 100 per cent fit, he puts himself under pressure pretty much the whole way with his galloping style. Third up he’ll be spot on.”