Official Quotes $350,000 Burj Nahaar (Group 3)

Course and Distance Prep for $1.5 million Godolphin Mile (G2)

Owner: His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Trainer: Doug Watson
Jockey: Jim Crowley
Official Time: 1:34.99* New Track Record (1600m, Previous Track Record: 1:35.21 – One Man Band, 2016)
Margin of Victory: 10 Lengths

Jim Crowley, Jockey, MUNTAZAH (1st)—“He kept on improving and he’s a horse who really comes to himself this time of year. Every time he’s ran, he’s stepped forward. He keeps improving and he showed that tonight. Plan A was to go forward and Doug didn’t want me to give the rail up. He’s a big horse, but he breaks fast. He doesn’t have to lead, he’s just a big long-striding horse who has to get in his rhythm. To finish second in his first run on dirt was a great run in the Godolphin Mile last year. And, like I said, this year he has continued to improve. It looks the obvious race for him now.”

Doug Watson, Trainer, MUNTAZAH (1st)—“Fantastic night. I thought we were the best horse in the race. I told Jim, ‘if you break well, go.’ He got out there and set a nice pace. When he was turning in, I thought we were in good shape. He’s a very good horse. He’s a big horse who needs his racing and he’s doing it well. He was able to dictate and get into his stride. He’s a miler. Maybe next year, if we get a chance to stretch him out, we could go the World Cup route. (Previous track record holder and Watson trainee) One Man Band on his day was pretty smart. This guy is right there with him.”

Halis Karatas, Jockey, GOOD CURRY (2nd)—“From the beginning, the first 600m, he wasn’t racing well. I gave him a breather a bit, but after that he became okay. He was warmed up. He ran a good race.”

Adrie de Vries, Jockey, MUSAWAAT (3rd)—“It was a good run, after a long time. He was unlucky with the draw, but he travelled nicely. His weak point is always at the turn, where he loses ground. Today he was able to not lose too much ground, and he picked up nice. Good performance after a long break.”

Mickael Barzalona, Jockey, HEAVY METAL (4th)—“.” He just missed the break, he ran a great race after that. We were far away from the lead, but he ran a courageous fourth place. He will have to aim for the Godolphin Mile and hopefully everything will be right. He’s normally a horse that breaks very well and easily, but he is getting older. He showed a bit of character today."