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Quotes for the Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline

Joel Rosario (Animal Kingdom, 1st) – “I knew we had a chance. I’ve never been here before. This is my first time. I watched a lot of races. I had an idea where I needed to go from. I listened to my trainer and to my horse. He’s a very good horse. He did it. He’s very quick. It seemed like a long way home in the stretch.”

Gerard Mosse (Red Cadeaux, 2nd) – “This horse never ceases to amaze me. To run second in the Dubai World Cup and get within two lengths of Animal Kingdom, I’ve got to be happy with that.”

Ryan Moore (Planteur, 3rd) – “He was third last year, third this year. I was happy enough with his run.”

Jamie Spencer (Side Glance, 4th) – “I was really happy with his run. Listen, there are no easy Dubai World Cups and that was a career best effort.”

Andrew Balding (trainer Side Glance, 4th) – “We’re delighted. We’re really pleased that he seemed to handle the surface well and he has doubled his prize money earnings in one night. He’ll go home and be prepared for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot but longer term his target is the Cox Plate.”

Mickael Barzalona (African Story, 5th) – “He ran well. The distance maybe was a question but I thought he saw it out okay.”

Maxime Guyon (Meandre, 6th) – “I had a good race. My horse was very relaxed but he couldn’t really produce a turn of foot.”

Silvestre De Sousa (Hunter`s Light, 7th) – “He had every chance. He just wasn’t good enough at this level even though he was a Group 1 winner here last time. This was a better race and he was a bit one-paced.”

Christophe Soumillon (Treasure Beach, 8th) – “I had a great race. Unfortunately my horse was only running for place before the race and we went very fast and the fact that I rode him to finish in the first four became difficult in the last turn.”

William Buick (Kassiano, 9th) – “Didn’t get helped by the draw. I had a reasonable run. He ran a good race. This was different company than he has been beating at Meydan this year. When it came to the business end, class told.”

Mike Smith (Royal Delta, 10th) – “My trip was good. She just didn’t seem to care for it. Every time she had to pick it up, she struggled. After four or five passed her, we were pretty much done – then we just got home safe.”

Gary Stevens (Dullahan, 11th) – “He was traveling sweet. Jumped out good. I was a bit closer than I thought I was going to be. He was doing it under his own power. I got him out down the backside. I loved where he was at. Three furlongs out, for whatever reason, he just shut it down. He pulled up great underneath me but he was was, I don’t want to say distressed, but worn out. He was really struggling the last two furlongs.

Ahmed Ajtebi (Capponi, 12th) – “He wasn’t breathing right at the first turn. He was never really going well for me in his first run in a year.”