Post Race Quotes for the Group 3 US$1 million Dubai Gold Cup, sponsored by Al Tayer Motors

Frankie Dettori (Opinion Poll, 1st) – “It’s been a great night for the team and I’m pleased it’s gone so well for us. I was very happy to win this race and it all went according to plan. I think we’ll target the Ascot Gold Cup in June.”

John Murtagh (Joshua Tree, 2nd) – “I got a bit held up at the turn. It cost me a bit of ground, but Frankie (Dettori) gave his horse a great ride and got first run on us and we could only get close to him at the finish.”

Richard Hills (Zanzama, 3rd) – “He ran a cracking race. We weren’t sure if he would stay, but he did and there will be more races for him at this sort of distance.”

Patrick Cosgrove (Averroes, 4th) – “I got a nice lead into the straight and I actually thought I had a chance. He tried his heart out.”

Christophe Lemaire (Kasbah Bliss, 5th) – “He raced just behind the winner and he accelerated well at the bend, but he couldn’t give more the last 150 metres.”

Kevin Shea (Irish Flame, 6th) – “He ran to the best of his ability. If I had the horse underneath me, I could have gone on, but I didn’t.”

Ryan Moore (Barbican, 7th) – “He did not like the ground. He ran OK.”

Corey Nakatani (Unusual Suspect , 8th) – “I was doing really good until that horse got hurt in front of me. When he saw daylight, he made an early move. Unfortunately, these things are going to happen. He couldn’t sustain that type of run going [3,210m].”

Glyn Schofield (Mikhai Glinka, 9th) – “He travelled more keenly this time around and was obviously a bit wound up. He was a spent horse around the final bend.”

Futoshi Komaki (Makani Bisty, 10th) – “When the pace was up, he couldn’t follow. He was tired and stopped running as soon as he passed the finish line.”

Mickael Barzalona (Grand Vent, DNF) – “I pulled him up down the back.”