Drew the inside gate when resuming in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) three weeks ago and settled behind the speed. Jock was keen to get out of that position though and missed the opportunity to follow eventual winner Brazen Beau home along the rails.
Did finally get into clear room but too late and finished steadily to claim third (3.3 lengths). Fitter for that run and has won four of his last five in Sydney, all at Group level, with the only blot on his record during that time coming in the G1 George Ryder over 1500m. Good enough to overcome the awkward draw.