Shafiq queried over Riedel

Apprentice R Shafiq, when questioned regarding his ride on RIEDEL in Race 6 on Friday, said that he was instructed to settle the gelding where it was comfortable and improve his position rounding the hometurn in an effort to allow Riedel to run on in the straight.

He added that his mount jumped away with the field and he allowed the gelding to settle towards the rear of the field.

Shafiq commenced to ride Riedel along passing the 500m mark and, after having difficulty obtaining a run to the inside, he elected to take his mount outwards in search of clear running.

He further added that his mount responded to his riding in the straight and ran on well over the concluding stages.

His explanation was noted.