Melbourne Cup 2020: What the beaten jockeys said

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Kerrin McEvoy (2nd) on Tiger Moth: "We were able to get across into a nice spot. We dropped in and got a nice lead and he travelled really well. The winner kept running, I just had to pick up to get into the race, which he did, but the winner was just a bit strong today. It was a great run for a young horse having only his fifth start in a race. He’s run really well."

Jamie Kah (3rd) on Prince Of Arran: "He was super unlucky. He really deserves it. He just had no luck on the turn."

Daniel Stackhouse (4th) on The Chosen One: "I couldn’t be happier with the horse. He tried his heart out. He gave a bit of a scare coming into the corner and was travelling really well. He gave a good kick and tried really hard, but he just found the end just a little bit tough. He did well."



Michael Dee (5th) on Persan: "If he’s going as good next year he’s going to be right in it. It was a massive effort. We wanted to go forward but in the end we didn’t have the speed, so I just had to tuck back and find cover where I could, ride the fence. He got a lovely run through and hit the line strong. To run so well, it was a huge thrill and it’s a credit to Ciaron (Maher) and Dave (Eustace) to keep the horse going for so long. And a massive credit to Jye McNeil as well."

Glen Boss (6th) on Sir Dragonet: "Just didn’t step. He just missed it a length which put me at a disadvantage. Ideally I would have liked to have been two or three pairs closer. There’ll be people that will say that he didn’t run the trip but unfortunately, at the 1200 (metre mark), when I’m 12 lengths away, I had to do a lot of work just to get myself into a winning position. Even if I just came through on the fence, I’m still using carrots up to get to that point. But he ran very well."

Mark Zahra (7th) on Verry Elleegant: "Ran really well. Just ended up too far back."

Damien Oliver (8th) on Russian Camelot: "He ran well. The two miles was just a bit far for him but he ran very brave."

James McDonald (9th) on Finche: "He’s gone super. He’s stayed on really well."

Declan Bates (10th) on Ashrun: "He’s run really well. He was a bit slow to muster from the wide gate so I just came back. It probably took a while for him to warm up into it, but the further I went the better he was going, but I was probably too far back. He didn’t have the gears to get there. He’s run well."

Dean Yendall (11th) on Oceanex: "She went super. I rode her to run the top 12. I got her into a lovely position, had cover, it was always going to be tricky from the barrier 17. I knew the speed was drawn outside of me but I still had the task of getting across and finding the right spot, which she did. She switched off lovely and I rode her to get the journey and also to help the owner get some prizemoney."

Luke Currie (12th) on Warning: "He couldn’t quicken as well as some of those better ones."

Craig Williams (13th) on Surprise Baby: "He looked like he was a little bit stressed when he was unsaddled. It’ll be really interesting to see how he pulls up. His performance was well below par for him and it will be interesting to see how he comes through the run physically."

Daniel Moor (14th) on Miami Bound: "We had a perfect run in transit but it seems she needs wet ground to find her best."

Ben Melham (15th) on Master Of Reality: "He felt the ground."

Willie Pike (16th) on Steel Prince: "He ran well."

Billy Egan (17th) on Etah James: "She gave me a lovely ride."

Jamie Mott (18th) on Vow And Declare: "He had a beautiful run. He felt quite strong with the blinkers but he just didn’t have anything to offer today once they quickened. Hopefully he can come back and get into his good form."

Michael Rood (19th) on Mustajeer: "There might be an issue with him."

Jordan Childs (20th) on Stratum Albion: "He ran OK. We got up on a nice spot, travelled good. They were just a bit slick for him when the pace quickened."

Michael Walker (21st) on Dashing Willoughby: "He’s not right, the horse. He’s not right. Action-wise he’s not right."

John Allen (22nd) on Avilius: "Probably didn’t run the trip in the end."

Hugh Bowman (FF) on Anthony Van Dyck – yet to comment

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