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Quotes for the Group 2 US$2m UAE Derby, sponsored by The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah

Ryan Moore (Lines of Battle, 1st) – “It was a farce of a race. They only cantered to halfway and my horse was only doing what he needed to. I think he was just the best horse in the race.”

Aidan O’Brien “We wanted the race to be a true test but it wasn;t because of the slow pace, which made it a good win in the circumstances. We are very pleased with him and we’ll go to the Kentucky Derby with him.”

Fergal Lynch (Elleval, 2nd) – “I thought I was going to get there. I got very excited at the furlong marker. The winner just kept going. He’s a good horse. I ran against him in Dundalk track. Very grateful to the owners and the trainer to keep me on the horse.”

David Marnane (trainer of Elleval, 2nd) – “He came there with a shout, but I do actually wonder if he stayed. I would like to watch it again. He still has to grow up a little bit more. Took some time to settle. We’ll put him away now and I shall now target the Secretariat Stakes (at Arlington Park on Aug. 17).”

Silvestre De Sousa (Secret Number, 3rd) – “He missed the break. I was further back than I wanted to be. I had to come wide and then he ran on well but it wasn’t his day.”

William Buick (Snowboarder, 4th) – “They went slow but he stuck to his guns really well in the straight. I was drawn wide so I let him slide on in the lead.”

Richard Hughes (Law Enforcement, 5th) – “He ran well but I was diapoointed that he didn’t quicken off the fijal turn after the slow pace.”

Christophe Soumillon (Zahee, 6th) – “I have nothing to say.”

Paul Hanagan (Shuruq, 7th) – “It was a messy stop-start race and turned into a four-furlong sprint. She wasn’t in the same form as when she won here last time.”

Jose Valdivia Jr. (Dice Flavor, 8th) – “They just left us. He wasn’t fast enough.

Hideaki Miyuki (Keiai Leone, 10th) – “He was a bit mad about the horse next to us in the starting gate, so that;s why he didn’t start well. He traveled smoothly in the backstretch, but tried to take bit when the pace became slow again. He could not follow the filed whern the pace became faster again. It wasn’t the Tapeta that beat us.”

Mario Gutierrez (He`s Had Enough, 11th) – “I got parked wide a little bit. My horse was so unsteady – he wanted to jump on the other horses. He got a little warm before the race when they circled around behind the gate. He’s not used to that in America. It just wasn’t his day today.”

Patrick Cosgrove (Emotif, 12th) – “Very slowly run race. She was a bit keen but having said that I had a nice position and she didn’t finish off.”