FLAVIEN PRAT, HARVEST MOON, WINNER: “We thought Fighting Mad would go to the lead and we wanted to keep pressure on her. My filly had never been a mile and a sixteenth but Fighting Mad was carrying 126 pounds. You never know with a three-year-old against older, but we got eight pounds, so that was good. It turned out this was a good distance for my filly and she really ran well.”
SIMON CALLAGHAN, HARVEST MOON, WINNER: “We have been really patient with her early on and that’s a credit to Alice (Bamford, breeder and co-owner) and Michael Tabor (co-owner). It was said that this filly has a lot of talent and they were so patient throughout the whole process. She took her time to come to hand, but she’s come a long way in a short period of time.
“(Running in the Zenyatta), certainly looks like a good decision now. Myself and Alice along with everyone else chatted and we felt at this stage keeping her here, receiving the weight from Fighting Mad was the right thing, it all worked out good. I’m super happy.”
ALICE BAMFORD, OWNER/BREEDER, HARVEST MOON, WINNER: “I’m absolutely thrilled today, completely over the moon for Harvest Moon! She’s a homebred and she’s just so deep in my heart and my family’s heart. It was so good to see her so well ridden today, showing off her beautiful stride. She came and did it against a very very good competitor in Fighting Mad. We’re thrilled and we won, and we are in!
“Well done to our fantastic trainer Simon Callaghan.
“We lost her mother this year, Qaraaba who was a stunning, stunning filly and each time I tell her, ‘Harvest Moon, go and do it for your Mama.’ And she has.”
NOTES: The winning owners/breeders are Alice Bamford and Michael B. Tabor.