What the beaten brigade had to say after the feature event of day three of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Group 1 - Kennedy Oaks (3yo F SW - 2500m)
1st: Zardozi (J McDonald/J Cummings) - $2.70F
2nd: Aethelflaed (M Zahra/M Smith) - $6
3rd: Basilinna (D Oliver/E & D Browne) - $7.50
Winning Time: 2:38.59 Last 600m: N/A
Margins: 2¼L x 4¼L
Beaten jockey comments:
Adam Hyeronimus (Tropical Squall): "She was fantastic, just can't run the distance, that's all. But next preparation at a mile she'll be fine."
Tim Clark (Amazonian Lass): "Brave performance. She's put in two really strong performances in the space of five days."
Blake Shinn (Served Cold): "Face value she was a little bit disappointing. We end up with a nice run in transit, although it was a sedate pace we got into the race nicely, but she just didn't have it today. It wasn't to be."
Michael Dee (Harlow Mist): "Didn't plan to be that close in the run, but she was out on her feet up the straight and probably found the effects of recent racing."
Damian Lane (Coco Sun): "She ran honest. Good effort to hi the line."
Damien Oliver (Basilinna): "Had a beautiful run and she moved up nicely in the straight, I thought I was a real chance, but the first two were just a little bit too strong for her over this distance this time. Good effort in her first prep."
Mark Zahra (Aethelflaed): "She ran huge. Just probably too slow a tempo for her, which let the winner's turn of foot show. It wasn't a real staying contest but she chased hard all the way and they flogged the rest. They'll have a bit of fun in the autumn, for sure."
Rhys McLeod (Ethel Maude): "The start didn't help her. She'll be better next prep."
Declan Bates (Peaky Ridge): "Just didn't run out the trip."
Jamie Kah (Another You): "Just not ready yet. She's a nice enough horse, just not at the moment."
Ben Melham (Everlasting Kiss): "She's going to better with time. She had a good run but lacked a bit of class and just needs time."