Magic Time

Magic Time (middle) winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)

Sir Rupert Clarke - Jockey comments

Michael Dee (Magic Time): Inside the race: "She's usually a mare that naturally puts herself on speed and I always knew there was going to be a massive amount of speed in this. We didn't get any favours, she's done it tough, punched the breeze and got pushed wider on the corner.

"To her credit that was a super effort."

Did you have doubts: "The whole race, to be honest. I thought for a stage I would be able to slot in with cover, but I couldn't, so all that I could do then is keep her comfortable and in a nice rhythm and keep her as comfortable as possible, get around the bend before I asked her for the ultimate question and she just absolutely took off.

"Credit to Grahame and Rohan and his team for getting her here.

"I'm sure Grahame mentioned it's been a bit of an unlucky spring for him, so to get get a Group 1 and to top it off, it's amazing.

"Grahame has given me a lot of support for a long time now."

Blake Shinn (I Am Me, Second): "Ran absolutely phenomenal. Jumped well, we got into a good position. She was there to win. She gave me a good feel. The winner was a bit better on the day but she's up to Group 1."

Mark Zahra (Strait Acer, Third): "DId a good job to run third. Obviously the way the track is playing, rode accordingly and a big horse, I would have liked a bit of room sooner but still he ran well under the circumstances."

Jordan Childs (Bandersnatch, Fourth): "He ran as well as he could. Couldn't be going any better. Very happy with that."

Craig Williams (Skew Wiff, Fifth): "Her run was excellent, like the winner's. The way the track is playing today, anything away from the rail and off the speed is a big run. We were in the three-wide line two spot off the winner. The winner was excellent and we were very good under the circumstances."

Daniel Moor (Ayrton, Sixth): "I ended up further back in the run than I would have liked. Obviously a race of high pressure. He had to overcome some interference. To find the line the way he did was admirable."

Dean Yendall (Wrote To Arataki, Seventh): "Got a little excited at the 400 (metre mark)."

Damien Oliver (Vilana, Eighth): "He ran ok. The tempo was a bit strong for him. I think he likes it better when he can travel a bit better and find his feet."

Jamie Kah (Cause For Concern, Ninth): "Track was just a bit form for him today."

Luke Currie (Munhamek, 10th): "He ran well. He had to go right back and rode him for luck but if he drew  gate he would have been thereabouts."

Jake Noonan (The Inferno, 11th): "Found a nice spot following the winner. Tracked up competitively from the 600 (metre mark) and gave us a good sight but just didn't let go like his best. Back to the drawing board and see how he pulls up."

Linda Meech (General Beau, 12th): "Just did too much work."

Daniel Stackhouse (Crosshaven, 13th): "Disappointing. He didn't stick very well. Struggled to travel off that hot speed and had to ride for a bit of luck. Bit disappointing second-up."

Beau Mertens (Zoutori, 14th): "Had the right run. Rails opened up for him if he was there to present but I didn't have the horse to take me through it."

Celine Gaudray (Buffalo River, 15th): "The wide draw did us no favours and had to do too cuh work to get there. He never relaxed."

Billy Egan (Chain Of Lightning, Last): "Something went amiss. She how she pulls upGot hit from behind somewhere in the straight which took the wind out of him as well.