“A raceday at Ellerslie is a special day any time you get to go there but Boxing Day especially. With the big crowd up there looking down, it sends shivers down my spine even now thinking about that day.
“I certainly thought she had a chance at winning the big race but any race is hard to win, let alone Group Ones, on a day like Boxing Day. You really do have to have everything go your way. It’s certainly very nerve racking. I did feel it was probably my best chance of winning a Group One since I had been in partnerships with Roger. At the 200m mark I probably didn’t know we were going to win and she really dug deep. It was just a very, very special day.
“In my first year of training in partnership with Roger (James), Hypnos won the Uncle Remus Stakes on Boxing Day and that was my first stakes winner so the Boxing Day Races have provided me with a few ‘firsts’.