What they say

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

'I wanted him to draw somewhere in the middle of the field, not inside, not outside. I'm hoping he jumps as fast as usual. I'd like him to race handy as he usually does and even make it [the pace] if he has to, but we will ride the race according to the other horses.'

Trainer Tony Cruz of Silent Witness.

'He felt great. And what I really liked was the way he pulled up. Even though he had worked he had a little buck as we eased down. I'm very happy to be riding him.'

Jockey Douglas Whyte of Yell.

'He needed that [his gallop on Wednesday] just to clean him up. He was lovely and balanced in his work, head down, fluent and focused. He looks terrific and everything seems to be in order.'

John Hawkes, trainer of Yell

'I am thrilled with Var. He is very settled, which is a relief as I was worried before we came here how he would cope coming back to track training.'

Clive Brittain, the trainer of Var

'I cannot imagine Silent Witness being beaten in this race.'

Dr Isamu Kosa, handicapper for the Japan Racing Association.

'He sometimes hangs out, so I prefer the inside draw. But if he gets a smooth start, the draw will not matter.'

Takaeshi Setoguchi, trainer of Calstone Light O.

'He travelled out like a old pro and has not left an oat since he has been out here.'

Peter Makin, trainer of Osterhase