At the 800m NASSA PRIDE shifted out onto MY MATE JACK, which brushed IN THE ARCTIC. POACHER'S CATCH, ON EDGECLIFF and HALF YOUR LUCK were inconvenienced behind the tiring KNIGHTLIKE and BANKSIA BROOKE. SURE TO PHASE was impeded on several occasions over the final 150m. Apprentice D. Staeck was questioned as to the reason that he had lead by a considerable margin on KNIGHTLIKE. He advised that it had been the connections' intention to lead on the gelding at its previous start, however he had been unable to accomplish this. Today he had driven KNIGHTLIKE from the barriers and the gelding had raced keenly, then he had allowed it to stride, thereby leading easily.