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Jockey Quotes - Sydney Cup

Shraaoh took out the $2m Schweppes Sydney Cup (3200m) defeating a brave Vengeur Masque at Royal Randwick.

Find out what the jockeys made of their mounts.

Jay Ford (Shraaoh): “He travelled well. Almost too well. It was a very muddling, on and off tempo. He always travelled strong throughout. I think the week back up certainly worked for him. From the half mile he was always travelling and I was just pinching runs along the fence. I just needed a little bit of room at the right time and we were able to push ourselves into the clear. He was very game to the line.”


Shraaoh relished the two miles

James McDonald (The Taj Mahal): “He travelled up well. He just didn’t let down.”

Damian Lane (Sound): “He just pulled too hard. I got into a lovely spot at the first corner but he got overracing and I had to go around. I thought he ran well considering.”

Glyn Schofield (Patrick Erin): “He ran well. He showed no speed early but he finished well.”

Jason Collett (Red Cardinal): “Was quite keen most of the way, wasn’t able to finish off.”

Brenton Avdulla (Big Duke): “He ran honest. From gate 20 he had to go back, the speed of the race was slow and probably a drying track doesn’t suit him but I thought he still ran credible.”

Robbie Dolan (Sir Charles Road): “He didn’t get much luck from the barrier. Caught out three deep most of the trip. Travelled into it okay coming to the bend and then he just got tired.”

Craig Williams (Yogi): “He set himself a task by leaving the gates so slow so he’s got the majority of the field in front of him, all bar one or two. Got on the back of the eventual third horse along the side but he failed to really quicken up like I know he can do at his best but he has returned to scale missing two shoes so that could be his excuse today.”

Tommy Berry (Brimham Rocks): “He just went too keen which didn’t allow him to finish off.”

Kerrin McEvoy (Dubhe): “He was sluggish out of the gates. He never travelled at all. I was forever trying to get him onto the bridle and he stayed on okay home but not quick enough through the first part.”

Jamie Kah (Midterm): “I was happy with him, he just pulled a bit too hard early and probably wants it a bit wetter than that.”

Corey Brown (Glory Days): “Ran terrific. Just a little bit honest for two miles. She sat up on the bridle really solid. Gave me a good kick, I thought I was the winner at the top of the straight but took a bit of wind out of her sails by pulling.”

Kathy O'Hara (Zacada): “The race probably wasn’t run quite genuinely enough for him. I didn’t get him to really switch off underneath me and they just dashed home too quick for him.”

Glen Boss (Gallic Chieftain): “He ran his race in real patches. He gave me a lovely ride then at at the 1000m when I needed him to be there for me he wasn’t there for a furlong and a half. That ultimately cost me a lot of spots but he was okay.”

Sam Clipperton (Rondinella): “Cracking run. For a four-year-old mare to be in a tough staying event over 3200m it was a good effort. Probably not quite ready for that but watch out for her in the spring.”

Tim Clark (Semari): “She had a nice trip, probably just didn’t run the two miles today.”

Michael Dee (Top Of The Range): “Just pulled too hard the whole way. I still thought his last 100m was good.”

James Innes (Rodrico): “Ended up in a lovely position. Bounced quick, ended up a couple of pairs back on the fence. Travelled up well, I thought he was going to run a sneaky race but what he had on the bridle was what he had off.”

Andrew Gibbons (Doukhan): “Super effort. Full credit to Kris to keep the horse up racing competitively in a Group 1 as a 10-year-old. My job was easy, to give him a gem of a ride. He tried his guts out and is a genuine stayer.”

Check out the replays and results for Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick

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