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Quotes for the Group 2 US$1m Godolphin Mile, sponsored by Etisalat

Paul Hanagan (Soft Falling Rain, 1st) – “It was an amazing race and great thrill. It ranked with my best ever wins. Before this my best was on Mayson in the July Cup last year.”

Mike DeKock (trainer of Soft Falling Rain, 1st) - “I always liked this horse. I thought he could win but in the race, I was worried. I knew he’d won when he crossed the line. He will go to Royal Ascot and will enter him in the Queen Anne Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.”

Royston Ffrench (Haatheq, 2nd) – “It was an incredible race and he ran his heart out. Delighted for Sheikh Hamdan that he finished first and second but I obviously wish it went my way.”

Ahmed Ajtebi (Moonwalk in Paris, 3rd) – “He ran very well. They went hard early. I couldn’t really get a breather into him. I had to use him quite early but he ran on really well.”

Christophe Lemaire (Sarkiyla, 4th) – “She was a little off the fast pace early, but she found power in the last stretch. For a first-time start this year, it was a good run and she will improve.”

Silvestre De Sousa (Alpha, 5th) – “The run was a bit better than last time but he found the competition tough.”

Weichong Marwing (Rerouted, 6th) – “Good run. Did his best work at the finish. He’ll be better next year over a bit further.”

Richard Mullen (Surfer, 7th) – “The track is riding very slow and he hated it. He usually travels well and in a rhythm but I was in trouble after a furlong (200m). He stays further but here he didn’t even stay a mile. I put it down to the surface.”

Daniel Tudhope (Penitent, 8th) – “They went quicker than I would have liked but he was doing his best.”

William Buick (Saamidd, 9th) – “He ran well but was slow to break. He’s really a mile and a quarter horse.”

Tadhg O’Shea (Capital Attraction, 10th) – “Surface way too soft. I was beat halfway.”

Patrick Dobbs (Barbecue Eddie, 11th) – “He jumped a bit awkward and they went too quick for me.”

Kieren Fallon (Mufarrh, 12th) – “My horse pulled up very lame.”

Mickael Barzalona (Time Prisoner, 14th) – “My trip was alright but the track was too deep.”

Christophe Soumillon (Master of Hounds, 15th) – “He was never in the race.”

Charlie Hills (trainer Red Jazz, 16th) – “We rode him from the front and they’ve taken him on and not given him a moment’s peace. They went very quick and he paid the price.”