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Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Post Race Details & Comments

Image: Racing Photos, Reg Ryan.

Winning Horse: Callsign Mav (Nz)

Winning Trainer: Danny O’Brien

On the winner“He’s a three-time Group 1 winner in New Zealand so he’s done it at the top level over there and he’s been in Cox Plates and All-Star Miles and that here.

“Just a little bit softer conditions today, a little bit softer race. He’s a tough racehorse this horse, he’s won plenty of races and it’s great to see him a Group 1 winner in Australia as well.

On the thrill of combining with Jamie Mott: “It’s a big thrill. He’s just been such a gifted rider who’s worked so hard over such a long period of time with his weight.

“If Jamie was four or five kilos lighter he’d be a top-three metropolitan jockey.

“He rides as well as anyone and he’s going to be a very popular victor here today. There’s so many people that have got so much admiration for Jamie.”

What’s next for Callsign Mav: “We’ll just get through this but Callsign Mav would potentially be in the Toorak.”

On his other runners in the race: “Graceful Girl just didn’t handle it (Heavy track) at all, she just dropped out from the furlong and didn’t know what was happening there in those conditions.

“Showmanship was just in the wrong spot. He was back ad on the fence and that was not the ideal spot.”

Winning Jockey: Jamie Mott

First Group 1“I always knew it was coming. I’m one for working hard and always believing in what you are doing. Give up is not an option. I put myself in a good spot weight wise and mind wise this campaign and I’m thankful to Danny and the wonderful connections for keeping me on Callsign Mav. They deserve it and the horse does as well. He’s a three-time New Zealand Group 1 winner who they’ve been saying is not up to it here. He got conditions to suit today and he was really tough when I needed him.”

What happened in the race that delivered the victory: “There was good tempo and I had an easier option on him today. He’s normally on speed and really fighting out late. Today I had a softer option and I was able to travel and he really enjoyed the conditions. He travelled up well into the straight and was in for the fight. He got up to Tuvalu and I felt I Am Superman coming, but he was never going to lie down.”

Poignant that Danny O’Brien supplied first Group 1 being an apprentice to him: “We’ve had a great, long association for many years and he was fantastic to me as an apprentice. It’s really pleasing to get a win for him.”


Beaten jockeys:

Jason Holder (Dalasan): “He was gallant in defeat. I wanted to get going a bit early, but I had to wait for the traffic and I thought his last 150 was good.”

John Allen (Laws Of Indices): “He ran super, I thought I was on the winner maybe on the home corner because I was travelling but he just levelled out a little bit in the home straight.”

Mark Zahra (I Am Superman): “He ran well, the winner was too good.”

Harry Coffey (Just Folk): “He probably didn’t accelerate into the race as we expected on that wet track.”

Jamie Kah (Graceful Girl): “Disappointing. I don’t think she handled it, she pulled up pretty quick.”

Jye McNeil (Hilal): “He was OK. He just didn’t handle today’s conditions.”

Damien Oliver (Showmanship): “I was a bit on the inferior ground but he still didn’t stretch out as well as he could have.”

Luke Nolen (Red Can Man): “He just didn’t go in the ground.”

Daniel Stackhouse (Buffalo River): “He just probably cost himself taking so long to get into his stride then I just let him go and he did a good job to hold on I thought.”

Craig Williams (Aysar): “The horse has run extremely well to be beaten just over two lengths for a horse that was hard ridden to hold his position along the side there. He didn’t relish the ground and it was a tenacious performance to only be beaten the small margin he has.”

Craig Newitt (Bankers Choice): “He ran well. I had to make a long run from the back. He kept closing, but not in time.”

Jarrod Fry (Tuvalu): “It was a good run, he’ll benefit from it being first-up.”

Daniel Moor (Chaillot): “She got a long way out of her ground and didn’t travel great in the going. She built well into the race and then peaked.”

Image: Racing Photos, George Sal.