What They Say

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 December, 2007, 12:00am

'They have to beat me. Vengeance Of Rain is a champion in his own right but in this game there's always one coming to beat you. Viva Pataca is as good as Vengeance Of Rain, is a year younger and probably had a better preparation.'

John Moore, trainer of Viva Pataca

'David [Ferraris] has done a super job with him - he'll go into this race in absolutely perfect order. I truly don't think I've ever felt him as well - I know that's a big call but that's how he feels to me.'

Anthony Delpech, jockey of Vengeance Of Rain

'Darjina travelled well. She is nearly back to her normal weight and I have been pleased with her work. She's very calm which is normal for her; I would be worried if she was anything else.'

Alain de Royer-Dupre, trainer of Darjina

'Although he's won three Group Ones over a mile we think he needs further so we're giving it a try. If he goes well, it will give us an idea for future races. I have some confidence he will run well because his work in Dubai last Saturday was very good. I'm hoping he will lead in the race and relax in front.'

Saeed bin Suroor, trainer of Ramonti

'He is untried beyond a mile so we don't know how he'll go over 2,000m in the Cup. As long as he relaxes, I think he'll run a respectable race.'

Brett Prebble, jockey of Royal Prince

'The field for the Cup will be very strong and tough for him, but he is the type of horse who comes into his own in high-level fields like he did in Singapore. The only worry is that he is best on ground that is a little softer than here.'

Yukihiro Kato, travelling head lad for trainer Minoru Masaoka