Jameka ($4.60) defeated the John Thompson-trained Honesta ($8.50) by 2-1/4 lengths with the John O’Shea-trained Ambience ($4 fav) peaking on her run 200m from home, finishing third beaten 3-1/2 lengths. Maher also won last year’s Crown Oaks with Set Square.
This is what the jockeys thought of the performance of their rides in the Crown Oaks.
|1st||JAMEKA||Damien Oliver||I thought no one would want to take it up but I wasn’t going to hesitate to be the one. I had a lot of faith in this filly’s ability. She was going easily a long way from home.|
|2nd||HONESTA||Craig Williams||The winner was good so take nothing away from the winner. But I felt if I had a more favourable draw I could have followed it I could have turned the tables.|
|3rd||AMBIENCE||James McDonald||Went great. Gave me a beautiful ride. Had a lovely run in the race. She’ll be back even better.|
|4th||PASADENA GIRL||Hugh Bowman||Too far. Didn’t stay.|
|5th||DULVERTON||Dwayne Dunn||She ran very well.|
|6th||THE GREY FLASH||Chris Parnham||Went very good. She’s just very dour. Happy with the performance.|
|7th||SACRED EYE||Ryan Moore||Didn’t handle the conditions at all. Will be much better when gets back on the quicker ground.|
|8th||PRINCESS ARIA||Michael Walker||Had her momentum stopped at the half-mile. Nice filly in the making. Got a future.|
|9th||ZARABEEL||Stephen Baster||Didn’t handle the track.|
|10th||RITZY||Kerrin McEvoy||Didn’t like the ground.|
|Last||MUZYKA||Brenton Avdulla||Over-raced too bad. They went very slow.|