2017 Grand Annual Steeplechase jockeys share their thoughts on the race

PROUD AS PUNCH: John Allen was pumped to win his second Grand Annual Steeplechase on Thursday.

PROUD AS PUNCH: John Allen was pumped to win his second Grand Annual Steeplechase on Thursday.

Jockeys share their thoughts after an action-packed Grand Annual Steeplechase. 

HAPPY MUM: Eileen Maher soaked up the Grand Annual win in which her sons Ciaron and Declan played big parts.

HAPPY MUM: Eileen Maher soaked up the Grand Annual win in which her sons Ciaron and Declan played big parts.

1st: Regina Coeli

John Allen: The plan was to roll forward as we knew she'd stay and she knows the track. We got pestered by the loose horse for a while but she's so honest.

CHUFFED: Regina Coeli co-owners Colin McKenna and John Maher embraced after the mighty mare won the Grand Annual Steeplechase for a second time on Thursday. Pictures: Rob Gunstone

CHUFFED: Regina Coeli co-owners Colin McKenna and John Maher embraced after the mighty mare won the Grand Annual Steeplechase for a second time on Thursday. Pictures: Rob Gunstone

2nd: No Song No Supper

Martin Kelly: I got held up a bit on the second lap by the one in front of me, other than that I've run a huge race and he gave me a very good ride.

3rd: I'll’ava’half

Steven Pateman: He got a bit hampered at the Tozer Road double, I don't know if he would have won otherwise but he ran a great race.

4th: Underground Fighter

Lee Horner: I thought it would ride wetter but they just went too fast for him on that ground.

5th: Mannertone

Braidon Small: He just got very tired, it was probably 500m too far for him.

6th: Spying On You

Tom Ryan: He just got stuck in the ground, that's all that beat him.

7th: Lucky Tonight

Richard Cully: I thought I was the winner coming back onto the course proper but he just got tired.

Last: Deliberate 

Shane Jackson: He just didn't stay. A good honest run but he just didn't stay.

Failed to finish: Saddle The Stars

Jamie Mott: I didn't want to punish him to get over the last four jumps.

Failed to finish: Al Shahn

Paul Hamblin:  Probably not quite seasoned enough for it this year but he's a nice type for next year.

Lost rider: Lord Of The Song

Brad McLean: Obviously there was a long way to go but he made a mistake and it was race over.

Lost rider:  Slowpoke Rodriguez

Shaun Fannin: I thought I was a huge chance coming to the last but he just met it wrong and that was it. 

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