“She certainly deserves it. She’s been racing well.
“She doesn’t help herself, she walked out of the barriers again today.
“Michael [Poy] was very confident and he rode her that way. It’s a big relief for the owners who have stuck thick and to get a group 2 win after getting a group 1 placing in the autumn is a really big tick for her.”
I know I’m still an apprentice and I’ve had a fantastic spring so far as an apprentice. I know that senior jockeys would have been calling up to get this ride today. Credit to the owners and trainer for keeping me on.
O’Sullivan said the daughter of Toronado had a good future ahead of her.
“I haven’t ruled out the Ballarat Cup in two weeks time just yet, but after a tough run today that might be enough. I’ll see,” he said.
“We’ll think about what we do in the autumn, even this time in the spring next year. Today was the target.”
Poy said Affair To Remember had plenty in the tank on the line, despite the narrow margin.
“Today she travelled like she was going to finish off and I was looking to ride for luck on her because we were a fair way back,” he said.
“She was just travelling too strong and I thought that I’d be able to get around them and hold them in tight.
“She was strong through the line and you can see how she’s pulled up tremendously.
“I have to say a big thanks to Dan O’Sullivan and the whole team there. Everyone that’s a part of this team for keeping me on this horse.
“I know I’m still an apprentice and I’ve had a fantastic spring so far as an apprentice. I know that senior jockeys would have been calling up to get this ride today. Credit to the owners and trainer for keeping me on.”
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.