Quotes for the Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD

Christophe Soumillon (Shea Shea, 1st) – “I’m not surprised to win a race like this after his last run because that race was as good as this one. I was confident. He likes to come late and catch them on the line and it worled out perfectly.”

Mike DeKock – “He had the horse to go and fetch and it was just as we’d hoped. Coming here is not easy. The horses do better the longer they are here and horses like him a geared for these type of races. He will now go to Royal Ascot for the King’s Stand Stakes.”

Tye Angland (Joy and Fun, 2nd) – “It was so close – he ran so well. He felt like the winner the whole way. I could see Shea Shea coming and he was just too good.”

Olivier Doleuze (Eagle Regiment, 3rd) – “Yes it was a good performance but I think he could have done better if he hadn’t missed two days’ work. He got a nail in his hoof and that’s why he missed work. I really regret that.”

John Murtagh (Sole Power, 4th) – “He was a bit isolated on the stand side but he’s run well. Shea Shea has beaten us again.”

Zac Purton (Mr Big, 5th) – “We were a little bit on our own on the stand side and I had to get going a bit earlier than I would have liked, but given that he’s not familiar with the course and distance it was a great run.”

Joe Bravo (Varsity, 6th) – “He ran well but the last eighth of a mile, he pricked up his ears and was listening to the crowd noise.”

Jamie Spencer (Spirit Quartz, 8th) – “I missed the break and it was all over from there.”

Harry Bentley (Medicean Man, 9th) – “The two drawn on my outside split and I had to nmake a decision and went with the pack. He traveled nicely but just couldn’t quicken.”

Richard Hughes (Invincible Ash, 10th) – “He ran repectable.”

Joel Rosario (Great Attack, 11th) – “They just went super quick and we were outpaced.”

William Buick (Monsieur Joe, 12th) – “I think it’s hard to come from where I was drawn. I was suppose it was a bit tough for him but then I was drawn on the wrong side.”

Wayne Smith (Russian Rock, 13th) – “He’s probably a better horse on sand than turf these days. They went too fast for him. It’s the end of a long season and he doesn’t owe us anything.”

Joseph O’Brien (Starspangledbanner, 14th) – “They went very quick. They were too fast for him.”

Shane Foley (Russian Soul, 15th) – “He traveled good but the whole night got to him. He was very warn down at the start.”

Tadhg O’Shea (Ganas, 16th) – “I traveled well to the halfway. It was a very good race. He’s probably better on Tapeta going around a bend.”