Dame Giselle took out the $1m Golden Gift (1100m) but there were plenty of eye-catching runs in behind the winner. This is what the beaten jockeys had to say.
Andrew Adkins (Dame Giselle): "What a training performance. Peter and Paul had her primed. When I pulled her up it was like she hadn’t even been around. To have a two-year-old that fit, that ready to go, and that on the ball. What a thrill."
Dame Giselle gapping her rivals
Ben Allen (Tanker): “We jumped a bit awkward. We held a spot on him. He didn’t corner that well at all and that was why he was able to get out. He wasn’t comfortable and I think he felt the track a bit as well.”
Jay Ford (Endorse): “From the wide gate he found himself three wide on the speed. Once he got into the straight he came out of it pretty quickly.”
James Doyle (Gravina): “Tricky draw. It felt to me like his mind wasn’t 100% on the game today. As a result we just got pushed wider and wider. He just wasn’t at the races.”
Blaike McDougall (Itzhot): “He went super. Very green. I was going to come around them but I had the favourites back (Tanker) so I followed him through and then I ran out of a bit of room there. He is a nice horse going forward over seven and eight furlongs. He has got a fair way to go but he has got plenty of ability.”
Koby Jennings (Murungal): “We landed into a gem of a spot but he just got lost once they stepped it up. He got on the wrong leg. It was a big learning curve for him.”
Tim Clark (Blaze A Trail): “He did a really good job in his first start. He just overraced a little bit in the middle stages. I was desperate to come back and sit off the leader but he just wanted to do too much. He got tired late because of that.”
Rachel King (Malkovich): “He was right there until the furlong but just weakened out of it a little bit. He is probably a preparation away.”
Keagan Latham (Sidearm): “He was very, very green. He came home really, really well. He got a little bit of a bump early on and it just took him off his balance a bit. He is definitely a horse for the future.”
Jean Van Overmeire (See You Soon): “She is a very good horse. We didn’t get all of the luck we needed. We had to weave through the field. She never really got into a good rhythm. In the closing stages she had a lot more to offer.”
Tommy Berry (Close To Me): “Had a nice run and presented like we were going to be right there in the finish late but probably a preparation away.”
Christian Reith (Diamond Kat): “Just immature and needs the paddock.”
Robbie Dolan (Cellsabeel): “I wish we drew a gate, we would have been right there in the finish. She is a lovely horse. She just got back and got a bit of cover. We cut the corner and got to the other side and she really stormed home. She is only going to get better.”
Martin Harley (Vucetich): No comment available