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What they say

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 December, 2004, 12:00am

'They parade them for a long time in Japan and then, in a field of 16, he was the first to be placed in the stalls. He was all right for a minute or two but then got sideways and he's a big strong horse and I couldn't straighten him and he missed the jump by about three lengths. He then had to work to move up and that told on him in the run home.'

Jockey Phillip Robinson, explaining favourite Rakti's failure in Japan.

'He's much more relaxed today, thankfully. He's like that. He can be a completely different horse from one day to the next.'

Michael Jarvis, trainer of Rakti.

'She is a smart filly, very switched on. Everything is in order for Sunday.'

Workrider Naruhito Kasai, of Dance In The Mood.

'I firmly believe she should have been placed in the Cox Plate where she had no luck. She then backed up a week a later in the Mackinnon (Stakes) and ran the fastest late sectionals but she had just settled too far back in that leader-dominated race. I think she's going really well.'

David Hayes, trainer of Elegant Fashion.

'He [Fields of Omagh] feels fantastic, I just couldn't be happier with him. We just did pacework, that's all that he needed as Tony [McEvoy] has him spot on, but he worked home the last two (furlongs, 400 metres, in 27) and feels tremendous. He only has to run up to his feel and looks and go on from the Cox Plate run to be right there.'

Jockey Danny Nikolic.

'She feels very good. She was unlucky in the Arc de Triomphe. She finished seventh but had no run and should have been a lot closer - I think she will be on Sunday.'

Jean-Marie Beguigne, trainer of Latice.

'The greatest thing about her is she's a streetfighter, she knows how to scrap. Anything that runs against her needs to be a few pounds better than her because, if they're close, she'll beat them. That's the sort of filly she is.'

Jim Bolger, trainer of Alexander Goldrun.

'The horse is very well, and this course should suit him. The trip and the ground should be perfect.'

Henri-Alex Pantall, trainer of Touch Of Land.

'I'd imagine we would probably wait with him; take our time a little bit more, hopefully produce him late because he has the speed to get there. When he gets there he can be a little bit idle; he is inclined to wait on other horses.'

Aidan O'Brien, trainer of Powerscourt.


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