Valachi Downs Championship Stakes: Jockey Comments

We spoke to jockeys competing in the Valachi Downs Championship Stakes to get their comments on how the race went.

1st: Lord Arthur Jake Bayliss

Found ourselves at the tail of the field, traveled up and let down as the winner. Nice horse in 12 months time.

2nd: Intrigue Leith Innes

Thought the race was all over at the 200m mark but got one better on the day. On-wards and upwards with her, she's gong to Brisbane.

3rd: Bobby Dee Jonathan Riddell

Good run considering he hasn't run since the NZ Derby but he's an honest horse.

4th: Hasabro Cameron Lammas

We got a good run on the fence and ran on nicely.

5th: Ignored Matt Cameron

A good run. The draw dictated we got back and she flew home.

6th: Blue On Black Trudy Thornton

Outstanding run from a wide draw. Didn't get any favors but it was a big effort. He's going to be a top line stayer.

7th: Jip Jip Rock Sam Collett

A little disappointing. She's ready for a break now.

8th: Decadance Sam Spratt

From the wide draw, we planned to go forward and get in but we unfortunately didn't get in and had a hard run the whole way.

9th: Spring Delight Craig Grylls

Had a good run throughout and tracked into it nice but didn't run on. Probably at the end of her prep.

10th: Star Karen Robert Hannam

Pace was early and got back, started to improve at the half mile and looked likely turning for home but battled after that.

11th: Mighty Connor Shaun McKay

On the quick back-up I don't think he copped it. They ran fast sections throughout and he was flat off the bridle . A freshen up will do him good.

12th: Gehrig Vinnie Colgan

Disappointing run from him.

13th: Vee Cece Rosie Myers

On the one rein and ran off the track

14th: Elate Ryan Elliot

Very disappointing run.

Last: Trumpet Chris Johnson

Got trapped three deep and probably found the class above him.