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Friday, November 06, 2009


Quotes for the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf


Henry Cecil (trainer, Midday, 1st) – “It was lovely. I did fancy Father Time in the Marathon, but he just didn’t seem to let himself go at all, so I was wondering what was going to happen here. It’s a relief. It’s great for the Prince (Khalid Abdullah). He has been a great supporter of mine. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here now. I was quite happy. They suddenly quickened up a bit, and when he asked her, she moved through nicely. She finishes well, and she gets the trip well. When she hit the front, I think she thought she had just enough for the end, and she had.”

Thomas Queally (jockey, Midday, 1st) – “The biggest win of my career- undoubtedly. She hit a flat spot over on the backside, and I had to get after her. She has a top gear that is really something, but we had to find it. When she quickens, it’s just a dream. I saw lots of rails all the way around. It was a dream run. Nine times out of ten it won’t work out that way for you, but today was the day. I am over the moon.”


Bob Holthus (trainer, Pure Clan, 2nd) – “I’m really proud of her. Obviously she finished a lot better than she did in the race last year (10th). If the race had been a mile and three-eighths, she would have won it. Garrett (Gomez) gave her a really good ride.”

Garrett Gomez (jockey, Pure Clan, 2nd) – "She came home great. She actually surprised me that she was coming home as well as she was because the last sixteenth-of-a-mile it was like I'd put some new gas in the machine. I actually just accelerated, and it's been a while since I've seen one do that after going a mile. She really kicked it into a nice over-gear for us and she ran good, too bad I couldn't get her going sooner. (Trainer Bob Holthus) told me to ride her away from there and I couldn't get her to hook up. I couldn't get her to really do a whole lot. I couldn't get her on her feet enough, and I thought she's done this as many times as I have, so let her show me the way and hopefully sooner or later she'll help me, and she did. But that last sixteenth-of-a-mile was pretty amazing."

Jonathan Sheppard (trainer, Forever Together, 3rd) – “I warned him (jockey Julien Leparoux) in the paddock that I didn't see much pace here, and told him you might want to be a little closer. I was very concerned after a quarter-mile that she was too far back. She made her run, she always does, but from an almost impossible position."

Julien Leparoux (jockey, Forever Together, 3rd) – “She ran a good race; she ran her race. On the backside, I asked her a little bit just to stay with them. She made a good move from the three-eighths to the wire. I don’t know, maybe she has lost a step, but not much. She just wasn’t good enough today.”


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