King of the Stayers: Paul King salutes after an all-the-way win on Lovethebeaches.King of the Stayers: Paul King salutes after an all-the-way win on Lovethebeaches. Photo: Getty Images

The lack of true staying races and the consequent inexperience of jockeys in key positions played a huge role in Lovethebeaches’ all-the-way victory in the Stayers Cup at Randwick on Saturday.

The stewards had to ask questions of the other seven riders in the race, asking each what they were doing. Those in the position to chase either didn’t have the horse, or the confidence, to realise the race had been taken away from them before they left the back straight.