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Apprentice C. Bayliss was asked to comment on the tactics adopted which resulted in his mount leading, which is not the horse’s established racing pattern. He stated that it had not been his intention to lead and he had anticipated QUALITY SEEKER taking up the lead, which would have afforded him cover. However, in the early stages QUALITY SEEKER steadied and took up a position trailing his mount. He attempted to restrain his mount in the early stages, however the horse overraced and when unable to be restrained was permitted to stride forward and assume the lead on the fence after passing the
Due to the slow pace being set in the early stages, the horse overraced and as a result shifted wider near the 1000m to improve in an attempt to obtain the lead, however, was unable to do so and was obliged to race three wide for the remainder.