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

Silvestre De Sousa (Cavalryman, 1st) – “Everything went to plan for me. It was a bit slow to halfway and I was happy when the pace quickened. My horse traveled well and quickened up nicely. It’s a big night but the pressure will come later. At least the (Godolphin) horses are running well.”

Kieren Fallon (Ahzeemah, 2nd) – “It was very tough as they crawled. My lad pulled up in front so I had to sit and suffer. That was a big run.”

Chrsitophe Lemaire (Verema, 3rd) – “Very Very happy with this performace as she hadn’t run in a long time. She was quite fresh and if she had had more cover, she might have even run better.”

Trainer Alain De Royer-Dupre (Verema, 3rd) – “This was a very good performance for a horse that hasn’t run in a long time. I think she ran like a horse that hadn’t run in a long time. I think she pulled a bit. We’re very happy.”

Patrick Dobbs (Jutland, 4th) – “He ran very well. He’s a little bit keen sometimes. They went so slow. It was just a bit too much for him most of the race, He’s very honest and tough. He didn’t get much room up the straight. He was probably the second best horse in the race.”

Trainer Doug Watson (Jutland, 4th) – “At least we now know he stays two miles and we will plan his programme to come back to this race next year.”

Ryan Moore (Imperial Monarch, 5th) – “I’m not sure if he saw the trip out. He traveled well enough and had every chance at the top of the straight.”

Christophe Soumillon (Star Empire, 6th) – “He settled at the back. Pace was slow. When I wanted to make my move, he got held up behind another horse. Traffic did not help me.”

Declan McDonogh (Saddler`s Rock, 7th) – “I couldn’t ride him the last two furlongs. The saddle slipped at the barrier – it slipped back six inches. I was in trouble most of the way around – it was pretty bad. That was a pity.”

Trainer John Oxx (Saddler’s Rock, 7th) – “The jockey said he thought he might have been third if the saddle hadn’t slipped.”

Tadhg O’Shea (Averroes, 9th) – “The very slow pace did not suit my horse. He’s a stayer and it was like a seven-furlong (1400m) race, not two miles.”

Mirco Demuro (Seismos, 9th) – “He hasn’t run for a long time. He stayed 3,000 metres, not the full distance. I had a good position but it did not help that the saddle slipped on the horse in front of me (Saddler’s Rock) and he couldn’t push on. In the end he did not stay the trip.”