Nash Rawiller: former rider of Fiorente won the Oaks on KirramosaPICTURE: AAP
Rawiller wins Oaks after missing out on Cup ride
Report: Australia, Thursday
Flemington: Crown Oaks (Group 1) 1m4½f, turf, 3yo fillies
HAD things panned out differently, Nash Rawiller would on Tuesday have won the Emirates Melbourne Cup aboard Fiorente.
He did not but he did leave Flemington a happy man on Thursday after capturing the Crown Oaks on favourite Kirramosa.
Rawiller was the regular rider of Fiorente at the start of the spring but was axed by trainer Gai Waterhouse after finishing fourth on the horse in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington in early October.
That left Rawiller on the sidelines while Damien Oliver landed Australia's greatest race, but while the Melbourne Cup got away, the Oaks did not, with the John Sargent-trained winner of Saturday's Wakeful Stakes getting up in the final strides to beat Zanbagh (Guy Walter/Blake Shinn) and the front-running Solicit (Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra).
"We had full confidence in her," said Rawiller. "She's very brave and very tough and the best stayer has won. She could be the real deal."
Asked about his Melbourne Cup blow, the rider added: "I know I can get the job done and that sort of thing just makes you a stronger and tougher competitor. I was rapt to see Gai do it."
Sargent said: "She needed every yard the way she won today but it was a very good effort. We'll put her away for six weeks now and then target Sydney in the autumn."