(Gifts of Gold / Coady Photography)

From the Saudi Cup Media Team:



Saeed Bin Suroor, trainer, Gifts Of Gold, 1st: “This was the plan since January when racing started in Dubai. I thought he would be the perfect horse. Hes a big strong horse and he ran well. The pace of the race wasnt that fast and that suited him and he finished the race off really well.


“Pat is good jockey and he has won big races for us in Australia, England and Germany. Were happy. We will take him back to Dubai and maybe he will go for the Gold Cup. Im sure he will improve some more.”


Pat Cosgrave, jockey, Gifts Of Gold: “That was great. Hopefully were not finished yet! He was 110 there in a handicap so you have to think hes a horse for the Melbourne Cup maybe next year. He relaxes good and he has that turn of foot which is perfect for Melbourne.”


Ryan Moore, jockey, Spanish Mission, 2nd: “He ran a nice race, you must be happy with that first run of the year. He has won a big one in the past already. The ground is a bit loose now.”


Charlie Appleby, trainer, Secret Advisor, 3rd: “That was a pleasing run. Will (Buick, jockey) said he got a lovely pitch round there.  Hes a solid campaigner at that trip, and the winner is a good horse on his day, as we know. Great for Saeed, Team Godolphin and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed again.”



Rest of jockey quotes:


Hollie Doyle, Red Verdon, 4th: “It was a real test of his stamina. He travelled around beautifully and he really wanted to do it today, which was great.”


Luis Morales, Making Miracles, 5th: “I had a great trip. Beautiful. He just got a little tired in the last 300m but he ran very well.”


Frankie, Prince Of Arran, 9th: “They went very slowly and I was too far back.”


Jamie Spencer, Mekong, 10th: “They went too slow.”


Olivier Peslier, Call The Wind, 11th: “He was leaning heavily on me during the entire race. He leaned to the right and that is not what he usually does. This is not the horse as we know him.”