Official Quotes $350,000 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint (Group 3)

Course and Distance Prep for $2 million Al Quoz Sprint (G1)

Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Jockey: William Buick
Official Time: 1:10.15 (1200mT, Track Record: 1:08.24 – Jungle Cat, 2018)
Margin of Victory: 3 Lengths

William Buick, Jockey, BLUE POINT (1st)—“He felt great. He’s just a lot more professional now. This was another stepping stone to the Al Quoz. It was just lovely that he’s channelling all his ability and strengths. The team has done a fantastic job with him. He’s always been an exciting horse. His confidence has grown. He knows how good he is.”

Jim Crowley, Jockey, EKHTIYAAR (2nd)—“I thought he ran a good race. I was drawn one, so I was a bit away from Blue Point. Take nothing away from the winner. He’s a very good horse. We’re very pleased with ours. He’s progressing with every run.”

Doug Watson, Trainer, EKHTIYAAR (2nd)—“I’m happy with his run. He ran into a super horse, but the ran his race. If he draws in a little more, instead of being on the outside, that will help him in the Al Quoz Sprint. This time he gets 21 days instead of 16, so that should help, too.”

Adrie de Vries, Jockey, MAZZINI (3rd)—“The horse jumped a little bit slow today. I found him a little bit flat. Still, he got a good result. We are going to have to freshen him up for the big day if he runs.”

Richard Mullen, Jockey, RIFLESCOPE (4th)—“He’s ran a great race. Probably the best run of his life. I actually thought I was third. He ran a super race. He’s a horse that always does get back early on and this was his stiffest test. He’s really answered every question I have asked and is an honest horse. He’s just come up against one real nice horse. I like the second horse, as well (Ekhtiyaar). I think he’s a Group 1 horse in the making. So, that was a super run—a career best effort. It is great for the owners. They have come over from America. It will be nice to get an invite for the big night. (Hot Scot Racing Stable) will be the best dressed on World Cup Night.”

Bernardo Pinheiro, Jockey, AJWAD (5th)—“My horse ran last week and he won very well, but over a mile. Today he tried six furlongs and he showed he has very good speed, but another horse tried to follow him, which maybe wasn’t good for him, but he showed he is a good horse for the future. I think he has a big future with a little more distance.”