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What the drivers said following the Flying Stakes

1st Ricky May (Terror To Love) - I can't ask for anything better than that!

2nd Zac Butcher (Pembrook Benny) - Very happy with the run. He made a little ground. He's coming to it well. He's come through the run really well, he's bouncing around.

3rd Jimmy Curtin (Franco Emirate) - It was pretty good after losing 20m at the start. If he was beginning well we'd be exactly where we want to be. He stuck on good.

4th Hamish Hunter (Franco Ledger) - Delighted with the run. He's right where we want him right now. Everything is fitting into place. It's off to the Cup trial now.

5th Blair Orange (Highview Tommy) - He doesn't have that 25.9 400m in him but he kept whacking away. He loves racing and that will trim him down again. The Cup is his go.

6th Tony Herlihy (Gold Ace) - He was fractionally disappointing by his standards. No excuses. He pulled up good though. He might head to the handicap at Addington on the 2nd (November). (Gold Ace was later found to have pulled a shoe in the running)

7th Natalie Rasmussen (Sushi Sushi) - Very pleased. He's still learning at this level and he settled a lot better today.

8th David Butcher (Jarcullembra) - He found the line really well. He's getting better with every run. He'll likely next head to Kaikoura

9th Dexter Dunn (Stunin Cullen) - He ran home ok - didn't make much ground but hard to in those sections. He felt good. A three fence run in the Cup and he'll be thereabouts.

10th Mark Purdon (Fly Like An Eagle) – Happy enough with the run. I was reluctant to move too soon with him. Hard to make that sort of ground on them after a slow start. He’ll probably head to Kaikoura.

11th John Dunn (Four Starzzz Flash) - Nice run. He ran ok without having that blistering sprint and he did work early. He'll benefit from it too. Just his second up run.

12th Robbie Holmes (Rangataua Ray) - It’s too hard after you miss away like that. He ran on fine though. The Cup's off now and we'll look to the Junior FFA.

Side Note: Mark Purdon reported Auckland Reactor is responding to treatment on his injury sustained at Addingtion in the Canterbury Classic. While not yet fully heeled the team is managing it and he at this stage is headed to Kaikoura.