A three-year-old has tamed the world’s best sprinters in the richest race on turf.
Find out what the jockeys made of their mounts after the $14 million TAB Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
Glen Boss (Yes Yes Yes): “I feel electric. I don’t know what to say. My body is on fire right now.
“Thanks to Chris Waller for putting his faith in me. This beautiful colt right here. What are you worth now champion?”
“He is quality. I galloped him last week. He gave me goosebumps last weeks and today he has given me electric shocks. I couldn’t believe the electronic turn of speed he showed.
“I was wary of these great sprinters, you can’t give them too much of a start. He flew.
“I had a very good plan in my head about what I wanted to do. Chris (Waller) was in my corner about how I wanted to ride the horse. I just wanted to be behind the grey horse (Classique Legend), somewhere around Nash (Rawiller), that was my plan.”
“He was taking me everywhere I wanted to go. When I peeled out three and when I asked him, his turn of speed was of Group 1 quality only. Jeez he sprinted quickly. His sectionals will say that he did.’’
Mark Zahra (Santa Ana Lane): “He went super. The winner surprised me a bit how quickly it went. With the weight he put a little break on me. He ran really gallant my guy but I just couldn’t reel him in.”
Josh Parr (Trekking): “That was so much fun. He ran really well – well done to the team, they prepared him in fantastic order. I’m really excited and I didn’t even win the race.”
Tommy Berry (Pierata): “Just got held up until probably the 200m. Once he got out he was doing his best work late but the race was all over – all the horses in front of him already had their momentum. He’s run very well.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Redzel): “I travelled nice but I was a little bit worried as soon as we straightened. When I asked him for an effort he was just even paced. He’s shown better than what he did today but it was still a gallant run.”
Tim Clark (Nature Strip): “Wonderful effort. Obviously he ran them along and did a good job to be still kicking late. I just had to do a little bit of extra work early to clear them but he ran very well.”
Nash Rawiller (Classique Legend): “I was pretty luckless. I never got a run at all when I needed it. I was in a beautiful spot down the back . When Hughie (Alizee) came up outside me it was too soon to come out and they were sort of pushing from the inside out. So I rode for luck as you would and I just didn’t get any.”
Ryan Moore (Ten Sovereigns): “He was disappointing. He was never comfortable.”
Hugh Bowman (Alizee): “She was a bit free in the early stages. I was hoping to follow Yes Yes Yes but I was going to have to wrestle to follow him. All credit to the winner, but she ran a race.”
Luke Currie (Sunlight): “Disappointing. She was in a nice spot but didn’t come on.”
Brenton Avdulla (In Her Time): “The result was a little bit disappointing but I didn’t think she ran too bad. We ended up in a good spot early but midrace James (Arcadia Queen) wanted to force the issue and it just got us both out of our rhythm – we both struggled from then on.”
James McDonald (Arcadia Queen): “I was wrapped the way she presented. She jumped well and got into a lovely position. I got a severe check at about the 300m mark and that put her out of business. Obviously she is a mare that needs a bit of space to wind into her race.”