What the beaten jockeys said - 2019 VRC Sprint Classic

What the beaten jockeys said after the running of the $2m, Group 1 Darley Spring Classic (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday won by the Chris Waller trained Nature Strip under James McDonald:

Mark Zahra (Santa Ana Lane): “He was a bit tired today. Once I got the gaps on the fence I thought he’d zoom. Nothing would’ve beaten the winner today but he just went like a tired horse.”

Jarrad Noske (Rock Magic): “Worst run of his career.”

Dwayne Dunn (The Bostonian): “Better suited over 1400 metres.”

Damien Oliver (Malibu Style): “He ran up to as good as he can go.”

Damian Lane (Zoutori): “Honest.”

Brenton Avdulla (In Her Time): “She was good. We went through comfortably enough on the back of James (Nature Strip) early. He quickened up midrace and put a gap on us. I thought she tried her guts out.”

Hugh Bowman (Alizee): “I was really proud of Alizee. It’s hard to make excuses for anything. The winner made the race his own but my mare went really well.”

Craig Williams (Loving Gaby): “I don’t like running second in any race, let alone a Group 1, but I thought the winner’s performance was unbelievable. My filly’s performance was amazing as well. They placed her really well last time to win the Manikato and she had the perfect run, everything around The Valley. Whereas today, she had to be really tough. She had good cover for the first part then we had nothing to bring us into the race and really had to chase down the eventual winner. Her performance was outstanding. She’s definitely a star of the future.”

Nature Strip and James McDonald. picture