Apprentice Blaike McDougall was honest when asked to assess his winning ride on Royal Tudor in the Octagonal Hcp (R8).
“I’m still learning… I’ve got a bad habit of being told to go forward and yet missing the kick. It’s just starting to sink in that if you miss the kick, it’s not the end of the world… just get keep your horse travelling comfortably and they’ll finish it off,” McDougall said.
Royal Tudor held off a late surge from Sir Bacchus, while Old North was third; Trainer Rod Ollerton saying he was quietly confident before the race, despite last start at Scone being the four-year-old's main aim.
“Two starts back he wasn’t beaten far by (subsequent Doomben 10,000 winner) Redzel. Hopefully he can improve and go to the next level,” Ollerton said.
Lees filly one to follow
Kris Lees Snitzel filly Just Dreaming wasn’t quite Joel Selwood on Friday night, but she was still extremely tough to the line in winning the McGrath Estate Agents Hcp (R5).