What they said

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 December, 2006, 12:00am

'I was struggling five furlongs out as they'd gone very quick but when he saw daylight he surged forward. He then started to look at the crowd 100 yards out but when Kastoria came at him he knuckled down again and stuck his head out.'

Dean McKeown,

jockey of Collier Hill.

'It was touch and go two days ago as to whether he'd run as he was dehydrated. It was only yesterday he'd come right. He's always had troubles with his joints but he's battled through his troubles. He'll go for the Sheema Classic and hopefully go one better than last year.'

Alan Swinbank,

trainer of Collier Hill.

'I was in the perfect position behind Collier Hill but I got shut out on the turn and it cost me three or four lengths. She fairly flew home. I was unlucky.'

Mick Kinane,

jockey of Kastoria.

'The Japanese horse gave me a bit of a bump and it didn't help me any.'

Christophe Soumillon,

jockey of Shamdala.

'They went a good gallop and that suited me but he just lacked the kick he's shown in the past.'

Richard Hills,

jockey of Maraahel.

'He didn't come on quite as well as we hoped. We rushed him a bit to get to America and then here and he probably wants a break now. We've still got faith in him.'

Aidan O'Brien,

trainer of Scorpion.