What they said at the Melbourne Cup:
“It’s a lifelong dream. I was very confident at the mile, then at the 1200 (metres) I thought the only thing that could get him beaten was his stamina if he didn’t stay the trip, but the feeling he was giving me at the 1200 was the sort of feeling you only get from very good horses.” – Winning jockey Brett Prebble on his mount Green Moon.
“The Melbourne Cup is his dream. He is a great strategist in everything he does and this is the race he wants to win.” – Nick williams on his father Lloyd, who owns Green Moon.
“He won so well in the Caulfield Cup that it might have taken the edge off him. He’s probably got too much weight in handicaps and he’ll stick to Group races from now on.” – David Redvers, racing manager for beaten favourite and 2011 winner Dunaden.
“We’ll have to come back.” – What Nick Williams says Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, told her husband Prince Charles.
“By a certain time in the afternoon, one ceases to remember details.” – Winners & Losers TV star Virginia Gay.
“At the end of the day when you’re feeling a bit tired it’s nice to give yourself a spritz to freshen up.” – TV identity Tania Zaetta on the benefits of perfume.
“I’ll leave it to the stewards. But all I know is that hopefully he can bring home Americain today.” – Gerry Ryan, owner of Melbourne Cup favourite Americain, on the betting scandal surrounding jockey Damien Oliver.
“This experience has been generally pretty laid back…everyone wants to have fun and have a nice day.” – Actress Mischa Barton on her first Melbourne Cup.
“My father is a real punter and each year we put on a bet for the Melbourne Cup for all the kids and finally we are here and placing a bet.” – Actress Rose Byrne, who brought her father and sister with her to the Cup.
“You can get a seat, you can get a drink, and you can go to the toilet. For a lady, that is the trifecta.” – Katherine Stewart on the smaller crowds at Randwick on Cup Day due to the building works.