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Jockey Comments: Vodafone New Zealand Derby

We spoke to jockeys competing in the Vodafone New Zealand Derby to get their comments on how the race went.


1st: Sherwood Forest Michael Walker

The horse was brilliant today. Got a amazing run, was actually travelling too good. When the two favourites came up to me, I had a lot of horse under me. And when he drew away the last bit he was actually pulling up and waiting for them. Fantastic training effort by Tony and his staff deserve all the credit and I'm thankful of the opportunity.


2nd: Two Illicit Vinnie Colgan

Super effort. The winner just out-stayed us.


3rd: Scorpz Danielle Johnson

He went really well. Got a little interference across the top but his last bit was super to the line


4th: Dragon Leap Jason Waddell

Got a fantastic run on the back of Vinnie. He's a great horse in the making but didn't quite see out the distance.


5th: Monlula Michael Coleman

Really good run. Hit the line nicely after being dour first part of the race but hit the line good.


6th: Reggiewood Ryan Elliot

From a bad barrier we got on the back of Dragon Leap but Danielle's horse pulling too hard which didn't help help us but he's run really well last 600 metres.


7th: Den Bosch Craig Grylls

Not a bad run. Got a good run, got held up a couple of times but he's hit the line good.


8th: Platinum Road Jonathan Riddell

Peaked on his run. He's going to be a nice horse but he's just a baby.


9th: Lochwinnoch Sam Spratt

Really pleased with his run. Got a nice trip three back, the leader held us up a fraction but fought away nicely.


10th: Platinum Spirit Rosie Myers

He's a neat horse. Hopefully next year he'll be a bit better.


11th: Shakespeare Sam Collett

Got back further than anticipated and only battled away.


12th: Dalmatia Sam Weatherley

This time next year, he'll be a lovely Cups horse. He'll improve a lot for next season.


13th: Tibetan Leith Innes

He's a nice stayer. Had a rough trip three wide. Needs a break now.


14th: Vladivostok Shaun McKay

He's was in a good spot on the corner, held up a little but he went good.


15th: Red Refus Robert Hannam

He had a nice run but didn't finish it off. Needs a break.


Last: Peleton Matt Cameron

Raced like a tired horse and will go out for a break now.

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