California Chrome will start from stall nine in US$10m Dubai World Cup

Photo by Andrew Watkins

Photo by Andrew Watkins

25 March 2015, Dubai, UAE ~Post Position Draw Quotes for the US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates 2000m (dirt)

Saeed bin Suroor (trainer, Prince Bishop (IRE), post 1 and African Story (GB), post 3) – Regarding Prince Bishop: “I just hope he jumps well. He’s been working well and this is his race.”

Regarding African Story: “He won this race last year. I’m happy with stall three. He won the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3. He won this race last year. Good horses go on any surface and this is a very good horse.”

Michiaki Yabbe (owner, Hokko Tarumae (JPN), post 2) – “Going back to dirt is a big advantage and we’re really happy. This is an ideal draw.”

Anna Lisa Balding (wife of trainer Andrew, Side Glance (GB), post 4) – “He’s a mature racehorse. He’s in great form. If he could be (at least) fourth again, that would be brilliant.mHe’s going to be fine coming from stall 4. It’s better than 1 or 8 and there should be plenty of pace on which should suit him. He’ll wear head gear in the race and that will help him face the kickback.”

Bill Mott (trainer, Lea (USA), post 5) – “We’re glad to be here. Proud to have been associated with Cigar who won the first Dubai World Cup and we’re excited to be back with Lea. I’ve heard that speed is a big asset here and he has tactical speed. We’ll let him place himself and see what happens. I think we got lucky. We’d have been happy with anything from the middle to outside draw. In a perfect world, we’d have liked to have been outside California Chrome, but we are still in a good spot.”

Doug Watson (trainer, Candy Boy (USA), post 6): “We had no choice coming last (selected) in the draw, but if we had a choice, we would have wanted them in the order 5, 4 or 6. We got 6 so that’s fine. He’ll be able to see what everybody does from the start.”

Salem bin Ghadayer (trainer, Long River, post 7) – “I’m very happy with the draw. If you’d have asked me beforehand I would have asked for 5, 6 or 7 and we got 7. I think it’s an open race. His preparation has been very good and he will run well.”

Katsuhiko Sumi (trainer, Epiphaneia (JPN), post 8) – “He jumps out of the gates really well. This is a good draw to be able to see the inside horses.”

Steve Coburn (owner California Chrome (USA), post 9) – “We’re really happy with (the draw). This has been an amazing journey. You know that building, the world’s tallest (Burj Khalifa) building – well take that building times 10 and that’s the hospitality we’ve experienced over here.”

Art Sherman, trainer: “I love it (post 9). Nine is a perfect position for our horse. I’ve got all the speed horses to the inside of me and he loves to run from the outside. The surface is not a concern – good horses can run on anything even tarmac. Victor (jockey Espinoza) knows him really well. I’m just really glad to be here. We’ve gotten a lot of texts. He’s a rock star all around the world.”

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