(True Self / Coady Photography)

From the Saudi Cup Media Team:



Hollie Doyle, jockey, True Self, 1st: It has been an incredible year, so it’s great to get the new year off in a prestigious race such as this. I thought she was my best winning chance of the day, I watched all her performances and a step back in trip was a very clever move by Mr Mullins. They set a generous gallop the whole way round, but I managed to track them and got the splits up the straight. Willie said she’s got one burst of speed and that’s what she had.”


Willie Mullins, trainer, True Self: “It was a fantastic ride by Hollie and the team have done a great job out there. We bought her originally as a mare to go hurdling with but she just has a huge amount of speed and all the jockeys who rode her said a mile and a quarter would suit her. It didn’t always work out but it was great to come for a big prize like this. The two plans this year were here and Australia at the end of the year. I’ll have to talk to the owners, OTI Racing, to decide what else we do.”


Joel Rosario, jockey, Channel Maker, 2nd: “I mean it was good. The plan was to go to the lead and then he ran his race. I thought for a second I was going to get there and then the horse came with a strong run. He ran a big race. I got into Riyadh at one in the morning, everything was fine. I’m glad I made it here.”


Alexis Moreno, jockey, Emirates Knight, 3rd: The race was a little split, so I just kept in there. I thought my horse ran a good race, so that was all we could do. Hollie Doyle was flying the last 200m; she deserved it!


Rest of jockey quotes:

Gavin Ryan, jockey, Saltonstall, 4th: “The track is getting a bit wet but its still quick ground. The race had a real good tempo. My horse ran a cracker and finished off really well. Lovely track.”


Ryan Moore, jockey, Tilsit, 5th: “He had a perfect trip, the rain didn’t help him.”


Olivier Peslier, jockey, Gronkowski, 6th: “He started well behind the lead, but was same paced after that. With the rain, the turf isn’t real fast but it’s fine.”


Cristian Demuro, jockey Al Hamdany, 11th: There was no strong chance for us today.”