2015 Turnbull Stakes – What the jockeys said

Brad Waters – 04 Oct 2015

 Preferment powered home to head a Chris Waller-trained quinella in Sunday’s Group I Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Photo: Darryl Sherer

Hugh Bowman drove Preferment ($11) to the line to beat Royal Descent ($6) by a short head while Set Square ($19) was three-quarters of a length away in third.

This is what the jockeys thought of the performance of their respective rides in the Turnbull Stakes .

Race Horse Jockey Comment
1st Preferment Hugh Bowman Self-explanatory I would have thought. Good win – good horse. He’s a more mature unit than last year. He’s got a very good action, a Group I action and he’s really starting to mature into the furnished athlete.
2nd Royal Descent Glen Boss She just got beaten by a better horse. She had a good run and she surged to win by a long neck but he’s just a better horse.
3rd Set Square Luke Currie If she got out earlier, she would have won. She’s flying.
4th Dandino Ben Melham Really pleasing run. He just needs a barrier.
5th Extra Zero Michael Walker He felt like the winner but he just didn’t have the turn of foot he needed. They got away on me and the Godolphin horse got past me and I came back and beat it.
6th Hartnell James McDonald Absolutely brilliant. He’s back on track. It was a fantastic run and he’s one run away.
7th Amralah Damien Oliver He didn’t begin that well. He just had a little slip at the start and he couldn’t get as close to the pace as I wanted to. They went pretty steady midrace. I just got into the clear at the 300 there and Preferment went past me and shut the gate and he didn’t have the acceleration to get through and get going. I was happy with the run. Good for a horse getting over further.
8th Who Shot Thebarman Blake Shinn Nice run. He did his best work late. His last 50(m) was good.
9th Volkstok’n’barrell Opie Bosson He travelled well and kicked nicely but just got swamped in the last little bit.
10th Happy Trails Dwayne Dunn He ran extremely well. I think there was a few of us that just couldn’t get a look at them.
11th Gust Of Wind Craig Williams The way that race was run, for an Oaks or staying horse, I was really happy with the way she went to the line.
12th Rising Romance Damian Lane She had a tough run in transit.
13th Protectionist Brenton Avdulla I’m very happy with him. I think he’s going well. He’s a dead-set mile and a half or two-mile horse. He wasn’t beaten far.
14th Magicool James Winks Very plain today.
15th Weary Craig Newitt Not good enough. He went forward today and there was no speed and he ended up in front. He was cruising along and at the top of the straight, I thought he was going to keep grinding away but he just gave up.