Quotes for the Group 1 US$250,000 Dubai Kahayla Classic, sponsored by Emaar

Christophe Soumillon (Al Mamun Monlau, 1st) – “It was a perfect race for me. I followed Sheikh Hamdan`s horse (Versac PY) and when he went clear I switched between horses and chased after him. My horse had a lot of ground to make up but in the end he was very genuine to catch the leader in the last stride.”

Jean Francois Bernard, winning trainer: “He is the best three-year-old in France and he liked it here from the day he arrived. He had a lot of gas left halfway round the turn (for home) and I thought he would finish well. Christophe (Soumillon) rode a great race and I am very happy.”

Paul Hanagan (Versac PY, 2nd) – “He ran very well. He did everything right but just got nailed on the line. No excuses.”

Oliver Peslier (TM Fred Texas, 3rd) – “It was a nice race. It was a good pace. He ran well but the other two just had a little too mich for him.”

Gerald Avranche (Nieshan, 4th) – “He’s run well. Finished well but I couldn’t get to the leaders.

Wayne Smith (Af Sandex, 6th) – “He ran well. First time on the surface. First time here. Good effort to run sixth.”

Richard Mullen (Sahib Du Clos, 7th) – “I jumped good. They were obviously going very quick. I sat off a strong pace. He had every chance because he does get the mile and a half. Over the mile and a quarter, they’re just too good for him.”

Ted Durcan (Albar Lotois, 8th) – “He ran a bit flat.”

Christophe Lemaire (Musharab, 9th) – “Had a perfect trip behind Versac. Had every chance, just one paced.”

Brett Doyle (Af Alghabra, 10th) – “Traveled well. He just wasn’t good enough when they kicked.”

Harry Bentley (Naseem, 11th) – “It was a very strong pace and I had a nice position. He traveled well to a point but I had to get after him a long way out and he did not pick up. I’m not sure that he’s really a Tapeta horse.”

Royston Ffrench (Rakha, 12th) – “My filly she won at Abu Dhabi last time over a lot shorter and she didn’t get this trip.”

Ahmed Ajtebi (Areem, 13th) – “We set a good pace. He’s a miler. He didn’t stay.”

Tadhg O’Shea (TM Junior Johnson, 16th) – “I traveled well but I just never picked up. I probably didn’t get the trip. He’d be better off shorter.”