Alibi is a horse for the 4YO Series, says Duric

Like trainer Michael Clements, jockey Vlad Duric is also full of praise for the Alibi Stable-owned three-year-old Kiwi-bred ALIBI.

"Yeah, he's a horse who shows above-average ability. You could see when he got to the front, he got the wobbles a little bit in the straight, so those little things can be ironed out with racing and Mike has done a great job with him," said the Australian.

"He just gave him a little freshen up for today. I galloped him the other morning, he worked like a more relaxed horse.

"I said to Mike when we drew 5 and, with a bit of speed in the race, there's a bit of opportunity just to ride him in behind and educate him further, because I think he's a horse who might progress nicely for the Four-Year-Old Series next year.

"It's just a bit of stepping stone to get him there. He's a horse I'm a little excited about, you know. He's a nice horse."

Duric also believes Alibi will handle longer distances.

"Yes, he will be, on the way he handled himself today. He'll definitely go a mile (1,600m), and beyond that, who knows? He's heading in the right direction," he said.