Read what each of the jockeys had to say about the runs of their mounts in the 2020 VRC Sprint Classic at Flemington on Saturday.
Winning Jockey: Glen Boss on Bivouac
“I’m very privileged to be sitting on this very good colt. Everyone knows how many good colts I’ve been associated with in my career and this one is right up there with them, I’ll tell you. He’s a very special animal.
“I’ve got to say a very big thank-you to James (Cummings) and all the team, Vinny Cox, all the team at Godolphin for giving me the chance of riding this very special colt.
“He’s just a very unique animal. He’s got a great demanour, he takes everything in his stride. He’s such an athlete. You don’t see them win a Newmarket and a Darley Classic like that. They’re good horses. There’s a sprinter of the year right beside him and he went straight past it and said see you later boys.
“I’m just very blessed. One thing I would like to say, I’d like to give a big shout out to all the people behind the scenes. They’re the people that look after these amazing animals so we can sit here on these great days and win Group 1’s. All the stablehands, it’s not a job for most of these people, it’s a love affair with the animal. They don’t get acknowledged enough and I’d just like to say thank-you to all them that allow us to do what we do on these great days, especially over the Flemington carnival.
“I could take him down the start now and in 30 minutes he could run better. That’s what these great colts all possess. They’ve got this great looseness about them. They’re athletic and know their job, now their roll. He’s not colty. He’s got a pony next to here and doesn’t have a care.”
“You can back through his stats, he’s got great form all the way through his form and when he’s got beaten, there’s been excuses, it hasn’t been his day, but when it goes together, he can beat world class horses.
“They’re good horses and he made them look like handicappers.”
You’re 51 , you don’t look it, 88th Group 1 win: “They’re all sweet. When I get on these colts, it makes it even better. It’s something I love to do.
“I’m getting towards the pointy end of my career, but to be here at Flemington and win a race over the fours day, is extraordinary.”
“I’ve ridden some of the best colts in Australia over the last twenty years. Even going back through Snitzel and Fastnet Rock, just rattle off ten of them, they’re all at stud and they’re the best ones.
“He’s got form around Yes Yes Yes which is arguably one of the best colts which is arguably one of the best colts I’ve ever ridden in my life. They’ve got the form. He’s beaten Yes Yes Yes and those types of horses. He’s a dominant colt. He’s got everything that good colts have.
“They actually don’t know they’re colts, they’re just out here to do a job and they do it very well.
“He was the best horse in the race with the best form at the moment. He’s come out of his first run very well. He was in a high rating Everest – it was an outstanding Everest this year. Then he’s come here third-up with the right form. It was hard to ignore him, really.
“When you seen them winning Newmarkets like he did, it is very hard to ignore that sort of form and you know he’s got everything that lined up for him. Third-up, and James is just having a wonderful spring. ‘Thanks James, I really appreciate that’.
“To Vin Cox and all the team that have put their trust in me. These are very valuable animals and they put their trust in me. I’m just so thankful that I got the job done for me today.
“These are special moments. When I retire I’ll look back at these moments. To think that I got on a colt like this, and get the job done it is so special.”
Damien Oliver on Libertini: “She ran well. The winner was just too good.”
Ben Melham on Santa Ana Lane: “Just plain. He’s been a good horse for a long time and I think he’s probably past it.”
John Allen on Graff: TO COME
Jamie Kah on Zoutori: “Super run. It think 1400 metres at this level is more his go where he can jump and settle.”
Hugh Bowman on Nature Strip: “I was delighted with him. He was great.”
Luke Currie on Hey Doc: “Honest effort. It was a tough one.”
Jordan Childs on Fabergino: “1200 and that short of race sees her out a little bit but she’s lost no admirers.”
Craig Williams on Standout: “On face value he was disappointing. He didn’t really want to jump, he didn’t want to travel, he didn’t want to lay up. Disappointing to see that performance today.”
Jye McNeil on Tofane: “One of the first under pressure today. Just couldn’t really go with them. May have had enough.”
Sam Freedman on Santa Ana Lane re possible retirement: “We’re going to sleep on it. We’re not going to make any quick decisions on raceday.”