What the jockeys said: The Everest

What the jockeys said: The Everest

History as Redzel leads all the way to successfully defend his Everest title to the roars of a jam packed Randwick racecourse.

Find out what the jockeys made of their mounts after the $13 million TAB Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick.

Kerrin McEvoy (Redzel): “This is euphoria at its best. It is such an electric feeling. I was really happy there was a bit of rain around and he did the rest. It is a huge buzz to win it again, unbelievable.”

“It was similar to last year. Last year we had a bunny, this year there were a few scenarios going through Peter and Paul’s heads and mine as to how it might unfold.”

“I thought Ryan Moore’s horse (U S Navy Flag) might be a bit of a pest early, maybe Hayes’ horse (Vega Magic) with the Blinkers on if he got a bit keen.”

“From the 1 gate, that was Plan A, to control it from the front. That’s what this horse is able to do. He loved the ground and is such a little warrior. He is a joy to be a part of.”

“He is quite reserved other than raceday. He saves himself and all he wants to do is gallop and gallop hard. He is a little gem, he is my little gem.”

Tye Angland (Trapeze Artist): “We’ve got to take that as a win, he went so well, it’s just hard to run Redzel down on a wet track where we don’t perform to our best, he gave his all, tried his heart out, confident we would have been closer in the finish if it was a firm track.”

Tommy Berry (Osborne Bulls): “I feel like we’ve won it, massive training effort from the team, we only knew he was getting in this week, to get him primed for this after coming back from 1400m, he was fit, ready to go. We had a good walk of the track before, me James and team and we pulled it off, it was good.”

Ben Melham (Santa Ana Lane): “He ran well, but we were in trouble a furlong after the start, it was just too heavy for him.”

Glyn Schofield (Le Romain): “He ran super, nice performance on the speed and toughed it out nicely.”

Damien Oliver (Vega Magic): “Too wet for him, just didn’t handle the track.”

Hugh Bowman (Brave Smash): “We had a nice run throughout, but all credit to the winner, he was too good for us all.

Ryan Moore (U S Navy Flag): “He didn’t enjoy the ground.”

Corey Brown (In Her Time): “She ran well, but she never handled the track for one stride, she was under pressure from the get-go.”

Tim Clark (Shoals): “She just didn’t go a yard in the ground, she was dipping and diving and lost all confidence.”

Joe Bowditch (Viddora): “Really disappointing, she’s pulled up a little bit distressed, we’ll see how she goes after this.”

Brenton Avdulla (Graff): “He ran terrific, didn’t have much go his way, just that track sort of bottomed him out a little bit, he’s going to be a super colt next time in.”

Jockey quotes courtesy Racing NSW