Official Quotes $400,000 Jebel Hatta (Group 1)

Course and Distance Prep for $6 million Dubai Turf (G1)

Winner: DREAM CASTLE
Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor
Jockey: Christophe Soumillon
Official Time: 1:48.17 (1800mT, Track Record: 1:45.52 – Just A Way, 2014)
Margin of Victory: 1¼ Lengths

Saeed bin Suroor, Trainer, DREAM CASTLE (1st)—“The trip (and the gelding) really helped him. Last year, we thought maybe he could be a sprinter, but I believe he’s a nine furlongs-plus horse. This year he has shown he’s a class, Group 1 horse.”

Christophe Soumillon, Jockey, DREAM CASTLE (1st)—“The last two runs were quite impressive. I was really confident with him today—even with that draw. The race went well for us. We had a nice pace. When I saw I was behind Wootton, I was very confident, because I knew he was going to take me quite far. When I asked him to go, he really quickened sharply. When I hit the front, he was looking around for a while. He’s a really different horse compared to last year, when he was a colt.”

William Buick, Jockey, WOOTTON (2nd)—“His race was even. He had a three-wide trip, but that’s just how the race developed. To be honest with you, I was pretty happy with him throughout the race. I knew he was going to pick up the horse in front of him and I knew Christophe would be following me. He got the nine furlongs and I think he might even get 10.”

Mickael Barzalona, Jockey, FIRST CONTACT (3rd)—“He was travelling very strongly in front and he was fighting a lot until the end. I’m very pleased with him.”

Oisin Murphy, Jockey, CENTURY DREAM (4th)—“The pace was just sensible and I thought the first two really picked up. They will be a force to be reckoned with on World Cup night.”

James Doyle, Jockey, LOXLEY (5th)—“Obviously the distance is a little bit shy of his optimum conditions, but he acquitted himself very well tonight. He jumped nicely, settled well, but just lacked a bit of zip in the straight. He hasn’t ran for a bit, so he was a bit rusty, but it was a good run.”

Bernard Fayd’Herbe, Jockey, MAJESTIC MAMBO (6th)—“I thought the horse ran a very good race. He hasn’t run since July last year. It was a Group 1 race and he was only beaten about five lengths, so I’m very happy with the run, considering everything that’s gone against him going into the race. To run against the best first time out after a long layoff, that’s a very good run.”

Jim Crowley, Jockey, JANOOBI (8th)—“He’s just been a bit disappointing this year. Obviously, he had a good year last year, but it just hasn’t happened. It has been a bit disappointing really.”

Brett Doyle, Jockey, BLAIR HOUSE (10th)—“He fluffed the start. He was a bit agitated in the gates. He jumped awkwardly. After that, his chance was gone, really.”