After the race, Sokolski said of his effervescent celebration: “[I’m] apologized for the protocols, but I wanted to be with the mare and Incentivise. Sorry, the adrenaline got the upper hand. These moments are once in a lifetime. ”
Sokolski has quickly become one of the most influential owners on the Australian turf, after driving 2019 Everest champion Yes Yes Yes and last year’s Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet, along with Verry Elleegant and Incentivise, who snarled Melbourne’s big cup double between them.
Incentivise coach Peter Moody was forced to elaborate on the suggestion that the Queensland-bred star had been badly injured after his gallant second-place finish after Verry Elleegant, claiming the horse would be monitored before being sent for a spell.
Moody’s team had discovered swelling in his close forelegs after the Melbourne Cup, which would have been his 10th victory in a row.
There were no such concerns for Verry Elleegant’s coach Chris Waller, who was still emotional the morning after the race when he came to terms with the six-year-old’s 10th Group 1 and career-defining success.
“You take care of them, and they really take care of you,” Waller said of working with horses. “They are an amazing animal to work with.
“She was a tiger in a cage when we first got her … through maturity and nothing else she has just evolved into this beautiful horse who puts the free spirit in her race.
“You need defining moments to be called a champion, and if there was any doubt, there was a race [on Tuesday]. “
Verry Elleegant’s first trainer and co-owner Nick Bishara watched the race from home in New Zealand and could not help but reflect on the mare’s bullish attitude as a young horse, which led him to have her broken in twice.
“We’re still partying,” Bishara said Wednesday. “Our TAB accounts are full.
“She was eager as hell when we had her. She dropped my rider early and a lot of similar things, but you just have to work with them. Chris Waller is a freak, J-Mac [jockey James McDonald] is a freak and full credit to the Waller team for what they have done.
“I thought her half-brother Verry Flash was a better horse than her, but the first time we galloped her seriously, I thought I had broken the clock. She was just huge. “
Owner Nick Williams announced that Twilight Payment had run its last race after trying to become the first nine-year-old to win the Melbourne Cup. He will spend his days after racing at Living Legends, a farm on the outskirts of Melbourne for retired champion racehorses.