What the beaten brigade said: VRC Oaks

What the beaten brigade had to say after the feature event of day three of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

ZARDOZI winning the Kennedy Oaks at Flemington in Australia.
ZARDOZI winning the Kennedy Oaks at Flemington in Australia. Picture: Steve Hart


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."