QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE – winners reactions


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The reactions from the connections

John Gosden, trainer of Enable (1st)

“What a marvellous 3 year old filly! She is very special. She was well positioned by Frankie in the race. Listen, this is all about the filly, and her owner and breeder, Prince Khalid Abdullah. It would be wrong too run her again this year, she’s been running for ten months and it would be too hare on the filly to go to the Breeder’s Cup. If she’s really in good form, we will still consider running her next year, and maybe come back to the new ParisLongchamp.”

Lisa-Jane Graffard, representing Godolphin, owner of Cloth of Stars (2nd)

“Cloth of Stars ran a superb race. Even if he had found a way through earlier, he couldn’t have beaten the winner. He finished very well. He’s a really lovely horse, who has a lot of character but also a lot of quality. We will have to have a good think about his future. It is a possibility that he will have a break to then run in the Dubai Sheema Classic.”

Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of Ulysses (3rd)

“He has given a very good performance, but he is much better on good ground. It’s enough just to watch his action. That notwithstanding, the filly is too good for him. We will think about whether to go to America for the Breeder’s Cup, as he will have the ground he likes there. We will make a decision depending on how he comes back from this race.”

Alan Cooper, Racing manager for the Niarchos, co-owner of Ulysses (3rd)

“He really is a super horse. He has run very well and he never lets us down. Ulysses was raised at Coolmore. He comes from the same family as Cloth of Stars. This bloodline goes back to Northern Trick, the third dam, who was second in the Arc in 1984. She was bought as a yearling by Mr Niarchos, with François Boutin and Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey, my predecessor.” 

Aidan O’Brien, trainer of Order of St George (4th)

“I am delighted with the way he has run. He likes the soft ground and he stays very well. Overall we are very pleased with him and my other horses in the race.”

Rupert Pritchard-Gordon, representing Al Shaqab Racing, co-owner of Brametot (5th) and owner of Doha Dream (unplaced)

“Brametot ran very well. We were hoping for this result. All the team felt that he had been much better since Deauville. He has run back to his true form. We have no excuses. At the most, he wasn’t that comfortable mid way down the straight. Although that gave him a chance to breathe. It’s great to see him finish so well. We have come a long way from Deauville… He’s run back to his Jockey Club form. Concerning Doha Dream, he didn’t have as good an action as normal, and we will have to discuss where he will go next.”

Cristian Demuro, jockey of Brametot (5th)

“There wasn’t much pace and Brametot is better when he can come from behind. At the 400 metres post, he wasn’t really hampered, as he ran on well after.”