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Post Race Quotes for the Group 1 US$2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, sponsored by Gulf News

Kieren Fallon (Krypton Factor, 1st) He has continued to improve. I knew he was in great form coming into the race. He was always going well for me tonight and I thought I had them covered a good way out. Hes the kind of horse that thrives on racing and Id love to ride him at Royal Ascot.

Fawzi Nass (trainer of the winner) - He had never faced such competition before but we still felt confident going into the race. I guess we didnt know quite how good he is. We knew there was a lot of pace so it always going to be best to sit off of it and then Kieren angled him to the outside and that was that. We may to Singapore next and well be thinking of Royal Ascot as well depending how things go.

Felix Coetzee (Rocket Man, 2nd) Hes such a professional. Going to the start he was composed. He knows exactly whats going on. I really wanted to get a good start. He flew out so fast and he landed in front of them and he was going well in front. The American horse (Giant Ryan) pressed him, which wasnt ideal but he never stopped.

Brett Prebble (Lucky Nine, 3rd) A super run but it was very hard to make up ground on that track. It seemed to be spongy underneath but he ran absolutely as well as he could.

Silvestre De Sousa (Hitchens, 4th) He ran a big race. They went really quick which suits him. Im pleased with the way he ran.

Willie Martinez (Giant Ryan, 5th) I was happy with where I was and at one point I was getting excited. He ran his race after a layoff. I was very proud of him. It takes a lot to put up that kind of effort.

Rafael Berjano (The Factor, 6th) My horse had all the opportunity to get on the lead or pretty close. He was too relaxed. My horse never showed me anything. He was really tired the whole race.

Adrian Nicholls (Inxile, 7th) He had a bad stall and ran keenly during the race. It went a good gallop and he saw the race out well. At Group 1 level, hes probably better over 1,000m. Im very pleased and the horse owes us nothing, its just a shame we were caught on the line for a share of the prize money.

Wayne Smith (Russian Rock, 8th) He was outpaced all the way, and stayed on all the way down the straight. He is just outclassed in this company.

John Murtagh (Happy Dubai, 9th) He travelled well but when they kicked in the straight, I was left behind.

Kerrin McEvoy (Sepoy, 10th) He came well into a nice spot. Then he backed off. Its fair to say he didnt enjoy the [all-weather] surface.

Michael OConnell (Iver Bridge Lad, 11th) They were going so hard up front, I couldnt really get into it. I was never going to win.

Frankie Dettori (Soul, 12th) Its a first time on [the all-weather]. I think hes better on grass. I got what I expected plenty of dirt.