LONGINES Hong Kong Vase – Post-race quotes

08/12/2019 16:18

1st – GLORY VASE – Joao Moreira

“The horse settled well and I was in a tricky spot for a while. But he handled it well, there was an opening and we got our shot to go.”

2nd – LUCKY LILAC – Christophe Soumillon

“She ran a very good race but was beaten by a better horse.”

3rd – EXULTANT – Zac Purton

“The barrier was always going to make it difficult, so it was what it was. He tried his best and ran well.”

4th – DEIRDRE – Oisin Murphy

“She relaxed early and put in a super surge, finishing in front of all the horses from Europe where she’s been racing. I was drawn next to Christophe (Soumillon) and Lucky Lilac but I didn’t want to go as soon as him as I knew she would finish well. I think she needs a break now and I am sure she will do great next year.”

5th – CALLED TO THE BAR – Maxime Guyon

“He went good. I tried to follow the pace after the start but couldn’t hold my position.”

6th – HO HO KHAN – Vincent Ho

“I got held up.”

7th – TRUE SELF – Kerrin McEvoy

“She ran well. I got a nice run in behind them and picked up at the top of the lane, just got a bit outsprinted but it’s a nice, honest run.”

8th – SOUTHERN LEGEND – Alberto Sanna

“The distance was too far for him.”

9th – YOUNG RASCAL – Frankie Dettori

“Was off the bridle all the way.  Probably would like softer ground.”

10th – EAGLE WAY – James McDonald

“He travelled well but he was only passing beaten horses.”

11th – PRINCE OF ARRAN – Michael Walker

“He had a good run. Just too far.”

12th – ANTHONY VAN DYCK – trainer Aidan O’Brien

“It’s been the end of a long season for Anthony Van Dyck and he was just feeling the effects of that, I’d say. He’s had a busy year. We’ll put him away now and he’ll be lovely next season.”

13th – ASPETAR – Jason Watson

“Happy where we got him. Just struggled to pick up but the ground might have got to him.”

14th – MOUNT EVEREST – trainer Aidan O’Brien

“Mount Everest has had a very busy couple of months. He started off later than the others, but has done a lot in the last few months.”