Winner will stick to the Polytrack


Trainer Michael Freedman felt that the Polytrack is Peace No War's much preferred racing surface, although the horse had won on the turf earlier in his career.

"I think bringing him back to Polytrack did the trick. He had always shown superior form on Polytrack before," said the Australian (above).

"I think it's kinder to his legs as he did sustain a fractured sesamoid early in his career. The turf track was too firm for him last time out.

"He's always been a horse with a lot of ability, but I think I will stick to Polytrack from now on. He just stretches out better on it."

Winning jockey Corey Brown said he kept looking out for the $7 favourite My Lucky Strike in the initial stages, but when the challenge from the Mark Walker-trained galloper did not surface, he just let his mount make the race his own.

"I thought the favourite would be hard to beat, but my horse was in a good spot when he came underneath me," said the Australian jockey.

"I think he got beat last time out because it was the grass. It was too firm. I told Michael we should put him back on the Polytrack and he attacked the line really well. It's worked out great."