COREY Brown turned for home in Saturday’s Stradbroke thinking he’d win easily on Champagne Cuddles but it soon turned sour.
“I thought I was home,” he said.
“I wasn’t disappointed with her. She couldn’t get her action down the straight. She kept dipping and diving.
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“If I sit on the fence, I run a clear second. I think the winner beats me anyway.”
Winning jockey Ben Melham said he was able to enjoy a conservative run from the good draw on Santa Ana Lane.
“My concern was that he was going to be a long way back. I thought I might have traffic issues,” he said.
“When I was able to position up as close as I did with the horse I wanted to be following, I knew his turn of foot would get him over the line.
“He is turning into a very good horse. He has a great turn of foot.
“He has always had the ability and he is just starting to put it together.’’
Jim Byrne said Crack Me Up ran a huge race to finish fourth because he didn’t travel at any point.
“I know a lot of other runners had excuses because of the track, but he never travelled, 700m out was the only stage he started to pick up the bridle and get into the race,” Byrne said.
Jeff Lloyd, who like Brown had to waste hard to ride light, said fifth-placed Perast cost himself by hanging out badly from the 600m and up the straight.
WHO will be the better horse? The Autumn Sun or Zousain?
History says it’s not a bad thing to be runner-up in a JJ Atkins, especially if trained by Chris Waller. Both Brazen Beau and Zoustar ran second in Brisbane before going on to be the best sprinters of their generation the next season.
Zousain will be given the same chance.
But The Autumn Sun might be one right out of the box. The veteran of just two starts before yesterday, he dug deep to overhaul Zousain and gives the impression he could run even further.
As a $700,000 yearling, they may be reluctant to try him over more than a mile but he looks every bit as good as Press Statement, who won the Caulfield Guineas after the JJ Atkins.
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KERRIN McEvoy said Oaks winner Youngstar failed to handle the track for much of yesterday’s Queensland Derby.
“She was getting a lot of stuff kicking up in front of her. I knew in better ground she was going to finish and she did. She rattled home a good last 400m,” he said.
Trainer Chris Waller said he would try to incorporate a run in the Epsom in the spring with a possible view to getting to the Caulfield Cup.
AIMING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
TABCORP and its Queensland wagering backed the fight for men’s health by making a $100,000 donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia at Saturday’s UBET Stradbroke meeting.
Tabcorp managing director wagering and media, Adam Rytenskild presented the cheque to the chair of Queensland’s PCFA board, Judith Clements.
“Over 70 per cent of UBET punters are men and we’re pleased to support the Australian Prostate Cancer Foundation to continue their important work,” Rytenskild said.
“Through UBET we are happy that we can help deliver the message about this important health issue.”
Clements said the UBET partnership is powerful in terms of both funding and awareness.
“Securing a partnership with a company like UBET, who share with PCFA a predominately male audience, is really powerful in not just funding more research through their generous donations but also support and awareness programs for men suffering from prostate cancer,” Clements said.
WALKER ON THE MEND
MICHAEL Walker posted on Facebook on Saturday afternoon, saying he was recovering well after being stood down for the rest of the day after being distressed following his winning ride on Sambro.
“Unfortunately I have suffered with flu this week and I was feeling very below par due to dehydration,” he wrote.
“I was taken to hospital for tests and to get some fluids into me and all tests have come back well. I have been released from Hospital and will be back at Mornington Monday.”