Richard Litt had the Moet & Chandon G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in his sights with Castelvecchio months ago and everything went to plan for the colt.
Here's what the beaten jockeys had to say.
Josh Parr (Castelvecchio): “There is still a lot there. He’s only just learning his craft now. Today he was able to jump into a midfield position, travel like the winner the entire way and won like a very good horse.”
“The writing has been on the wall for some time that the Champagne Stakes was his mark, the 1600m at Randwick.”
Castelvecchio sweeping to victory in the Champagne Stakes
Mark Zahra (Power Scheme): “He was very colty today, didn’t run up to his ability.”
Hugh Bowman (Vinco): “High pressure race and he just wasn’t quite seasoned enough for it at this stage.”
Brett Prebble (Fortress Command): “Ran super, blinkers on, he put himself into a bit better position. Dragged him out quite a fair way from home, he’s not used to that very fast run tempo. He’s a horse with great upside.”
Jason Collett (War Baron): “Quite keen in the run, just battled away.”
Tim Clark (Dawn Too Good): “Didn’t settle well enough early, but I think he is better suited at the shorter trips.”
Blake Shinn (Persan): “It wasn’t his day today, but I think in time he might develop into a handy little horse.”
Adam Hyeronimus (Prince Fawaz): “Very exciting horse, just got brought out of his comfort zone in the middle stages, but really attacked the line well.”
James McDonald (Loving Gaby): “Amazing performance, she’s come a long way in a short period of time, it’s a real credit to the Maher and Eustace stable and also a credit to her. She’s a very good filly and she’s only going to get better from here on in.
Damian Lane (Lady Lupino): “She ran super, just a shame she probably doesn’t settle a touch better in the middles stages, but once she learns to do that, she’s going to be a serious horse.”
Jay Ford (Crystal Falls): “She was honest enough, but strangely enough she didn’t run the mile, so whether that’s just her at the end of her prep or not, but had a good run nonetheless.”
Corey Brown (Chia): “Probably just a run too soon for her jumping from 1300m to the mile, but she was good, I thought she ran well.”