Official Quotes $600,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (Group 1)

Course and Distance Prep for $12 million Dubai World Cup (G1)

Winner: CAPEZANNO
Owner: Sultan Ali
Trainer: Salem bin Ghadayer
Jockey: Mickael Barzalona
Official Time: 2:05.02 (2000m, Track Record: 2:01.39 – Thunder Snow, 2016)
Margin of Victory: 9½ Lengths

Salem bin Ghadayer, Trainer, CAPEZZANO (1st)—“He’s an honest horse. Even when he won over a mile, he ran an amazing race. We thought why not try him over 10 furlongs. If you go back, when he was three and ran in the Al Bastakiya and there were (also) signs in his pedigree. This horse really is amazing when he decides to run. His problem is he’s a little bit tricky of a horse and he needs to keep calm and relax. He has a big future.”

Mickael Barzalona, Jockey, CAPEZZANO (1st)—“He does it very well. I wasn’t very confident about the longer trip, but Salem told me to try it. I made a strong effort to lead the race and I was lucky (because) he was breathing well in the (middle) of the race. Just before I asked him to go, the last three furlongs, he really picked up nicely.”

Christophe Soumillon, Jockey, THUNDER SNOW (2nd)—“I’m very happy with that second place. The winner, I knew before the race that he would be tough if he got to the lead with a steady pace and that’s exactly what he did. I’m very happy with Thunder. He always improves from his runs. If you look at last year, at the same period of the season, (this effort) was even better than then (when second in the same race). I’m very confident with him.”
Second Trainer, Trainer, THUNDER SNOW (2nd)—“He got tired, just like we said (he would) before the race. He will improve from the race and will be ready for World Cup night. He’ll be fine.”

Olivier Doleuze, Jockey, DOLKONG (3rd)—“We were beaten for speed straight away. The pace was very fast and we got a lot of kickback, so I had no choice but to let him see some light. I knew the way we were going there was a chance they may stop in front, but he still came at the end and give me a good run in straight. I think I am more tired than him. After that effort, I hope he can get into the (Dubai) World Cup. He deserves it because we were only half a length off (Thunder Snow). On this performance, he deserves to go. It means a lot to the Korean fans and me, too. I really dream he can participate in the biggest race in the world. We will see. Meanwhile, we keep dreaming.”

Connor Beasley, Jockey, NEW TRAILS (4th)—“They went a hard gallop from the gate and my fellow didn’t have the tactical speed early. I was a little bit outpaced, really. He wasn’t enjoying the kickback. I had to go out of the kickback to get him travelling. Once I switched back into the kickback, the first two had already gone. I was just plugging on for the placings. He has done very well this season and hopefully we can still be good enough to go to (Dubai World Cup night).”

Royston Ffrench, Jockey, GRONKOWSKI (5th)—“He ran very well, very pleased with him. Obviously first time out in UAE, very encouraging.

William Buick, Jockey, NORDIC LIGHTS (6th)—No Comment.

Antoni Fresu, Jockey, LOGRADO (7th)—“I was just speaking to (trainer) Erwan (Charpy) and we knew the horse wasn’t ready for this race and he felt a bit heavy. He kept on going to the end. We knew he was missing some work and needed the race. Hopefully we get invited for the big race on World Cup Night. I think he will be tough there and we will go to pick up a check.”

Frankie Dettori, Jockey, FURIA CRUZADA (8th)—“She ran OK. She just got caught out in the last 300 meters. She’s not getting any younger. Bless her.”

Xavier Ziani, Jockey, MONTSARRAT (9th)—“It was a big step up tonight and I believe my horse is just a level down on these horses. Still, a good run because the stable won, so the team won, which is good.”

Pat Dobbs, Jockey, COSMO CHARLIE (10th)—“He can’t operate for some reason (unless he has the lead). He wasn’t quick enough to get to the lead.”