What the Jockeys Said ...

Date: 1 Nov 2023

What the Jockeys Said ...


Clinton Payne/racenet.com.au/couriermail.com.au report:


 Kiwi star Imperatriz made it seven Group 1 wins when cruising to an easy victory in the $2m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on Saturday.

The win was Imperatriz’s 16th from 22 starts and took her earnings to more than $3.5m.

Imperatriz is a five-year-old mare by I Am Invincible, she is trained by Mark Walker and was ridden by Opie Bosson.

This is what the riders thought of their mount‘s performance in the Manikato Stakes.


1st - IMPERATRIZ (Opie Bosson) She just does it for me, really. She’s something special.She jumped and put herself there today. I gave her a little squeeze to clear the first two horses and then I thought well I’m going leave her here. As soon as she got there she switched off and changed legs at the right time and round the home bend she kept coming up underneath me and changing legs.

2nd - I AM ME (James McDonald) She was really good. She was standing in the gates for a long time and stepped a little bit awkwardly and was back, but she did a good job to chase.

3rd - UNCOMMON JAMES (Damian Lane) He’s run honest again. He was just on the chewy a little bit early, got into a lovely rhythm mid-race and the leader (Imperatriz) was obviously too good, but he fought on bravely for third.

4th - THE INFERNO (Jake Noonan) Very pleased with his run. The tempo was probably against his chances after they went 100 metres, but she’s a star, so take nothing away from her, but a more reasonably run race and up to 1400 (metres) will suit.

5th - JIGSAW (Daniel Moor) He had his heart broken by a genuine superstar. We jumped well and had semi-control of the rest of the field position, but she let go 600 (metres) out, she stepped it up and was far too good.

6th - I AM WAR (Jamie Mott) He ran well against some very good horses. He’s going good enough to win something easier.

N/A - BUENOS NOCHES (Blake Shinn) Scratched at the barriers.


Photo credit - George Sal/Getty Images


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