Official Quotes $350,000 Mahab Al Shimaal (Group 3)

Course and Distance Prep for $2.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1)

Owner: Misty Hollow Farm
Trainer: Doug Watson
Jockey: Pat Dobbs
Official Time: 1:11.66 (1200m, Track Record: 1:10.12 – Mind Your Biscuits, 2018)
Margin of Victory: Neck

Doug Watson, Trainer, DRAFTED (1st)—“He really finishes and tries. I thought he was hanging a little and not switching leads, but then he came on nicely. He likes to run and likes to win. He knows where he’s going. It’s great for the owners. He’s been a great purchase. Last year we tried to step him up in trip, but he’s a closing sprinter and they can make it exciting for you, but it’s fun when they get home.”

Pat Dobbs, Jockey, DRAFTED (1st)—“(During) the first two furlongs, you don’t feel confident. Then, when you hit the bend, you feel confident and he knows what it’s all about. I was following (Tato Key) and he gave me a nice lead up the straight. He jumped better today and he got squashed out a bit, but with his style, it doesn’t bother him. He is starting to get clever and is getting better. He idled his way home the last part, saving a little bit, but he’ll need that. He’s a different horse this year physically.”

Adrie de Vries, Jockey, NINE BELOW ZERO (2nd)—“We ran him back too quickly last time. We learned from that. We freshened him up and just did one piece of work. We saw a different horse today. He was travelling so good. He wasn’t stopping, but maybe got a little bit tired. We’re very pleased with this one.”

Fawzi Nass, Trainer, NINE BELOW ZERO (2nd)—“He impressed me. I was quite confident when he was well-positioned from the word ‘go.’ The way the race was run suited him very well. It could have suited him better. Hopefully we get an invited to the Shaheen.”

Shane Foley, Jockey, TATO KEY (3rd)—“He ran well. I was drawn on 10 and probably a bit wider than ideal. He still ran a big race. I look forward to riding him on (Dubai) World Cup night if we get a good draw.”

William Buick, Jockey, COMICAS (4th)—“He ran well and finished fourth. I am happy with him. I couldn’t really have been any closer, as he wasn’t travelling at all.”

Mickael Barzalona, Jockey, SWITZERLAND (5th)—“He ran a good race. He broke well and travelled good. He just got tired in the last 100 metres.”