The $7.5m Iron Jack Golden Eagle was taken out by Kolding, reeling in Sunlight while Mizzy grabbed third in a tight go for the minors.
Glen Boss (Kolding): "He’s a star. His form was the best going into the race. I knew I was on the right horse."
“When I got the split at the furlongI knew I was home because he hadn’t done any work. He’d been held up most of the race.
“He’s got a very good turn of speed this horse. It was tight and he was willing - wow!”
It's Kolding's Golden Eagle!
Tommy Berry (Brutal): “It was brutal to watch. I wasn’t too worried in the early stages. There was good speed on early and I waited for the speed to come out of the race before I let him work his way around them. I was very happy with him then, he got into a nice rhythm. We got about a 100m breather and then the overseas horse came and put the pressure on, so he got a 100m break in the whole race. No horse is good enough to cop that.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Classique Legend): “I was happy with how he travelled early; we had a nice trip. I then had to duck and weave looking for runs and in doing that over the last furlong he was just even paced. I think he is better than what he showed there today and I’m sure we’ll get a better version next preparation.”
Nash Rawiller (The Inevitable): “He was a little bit hot today before the race. I was reluctant to dig him out of the gates for that reason and we ended up in a pretty ordinary spot. We never got an opportunity to find a rhythm. The horse ran well but it just wasn’t our day.”
Brenton Avdulla (Gem Song): “Began fairly and ended up in not a bad spot but he was beaten a long way out.”
Todd Pannell (Behemoth): “He ran out of his skin. He got a good, clean start today out of the gates and he was a little bit closer than I expected. He travelled well throughout, I was able to get him balanced through the trip. He did quicken nicely and gave me a good sight at the furlong.”
Andrew Adkins (Military Zone): “Huge run from a wide barrier and a wide run. Great effort to do what he did, battling out for 5th, 6th and 7th. I was very happy.”
Robbie Dolan (Jonker): “He actually ran really well. He settled back further than we initially thought. He was in such a good rhythm, I was in behind Kolding and Arcadia Queen and he actually finished the race off quite strong.”
Brandon Lerena (Fun Fact): “Short of his best trip but he was finishing when the race was all over.”
Pat Dobbs (Beat Le Bon): “He ran great. I was too far back. He made up a lot of ground but the pace wasn’t frantic. He ran well.”
Pierre-Charles Boudot (Never No More): “He jumped well but made a fault and lost ground.”
Leigh Roche (I Am Superman): “When we jumped they went along quick for two furlongs then they steadied right up. He latched on but ran too keen and didn’t finish off.”
Luke Currie (Sunlight): “She was brave. A great effort from Tony, Calvin and the stable to get her to properly settle like that in a 1500m race and still kick.”
James McDonald (Arcadia Queen): “She ran super, she just undid herself by pulling so hard through the middle stages. It was basically a messy, walking race and she just undid herself but still ran pretty well.”
Jason Collett (Mizzy): “Fantastic run. You couldn’t ask for much more.”
Rachel King (Fasika): “A very creditable run stepping up sharply in grade and she’s only going to improve from here.”