I had Qualista going as the last leg in a pretty healthy place multi expecting it to be six in front around the turn, AS IT WAS AT IT'S LAST 2 RUNS, and either hanging on or getting run over on the line but still running a hole. So yeah, I'm talking through my kick but that was a very ODD ride.
A scenario where Qualista built up a fair lead and Shoals ran it down would be acceptable. Shoals is a good horse.
The fact that it was denied building up that lead by a passive ride in the early stages is the point that should be explained to punters.
Just watched the replay. He had plenty of chances to boot up inside the two ratbags in front early on.
The fact that the same jockey who rode it at Randwick rode it on Saturday and chose to ride it that way is a source of intrigue.https://www.theracessa.com.au/race-info/video-gallery
BTW I did not have a bet in the race.