Sloane Avenue (left) went down to Tamarkuz (blue and white)PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
for Meydan outburst
JEREMY NOSEDA, who saddled Sloane Avenue to finish second in Saturday's Godolphin Mile and then questioned the draw of winner and hot favourite Tamarkuz, has apologised for his outburst.
Owned by former BHA chairman Paul Roy's wife Sue and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Sloane Avenue went down by a short head in the $1 million Group 2 after which Newmarket trainer Noseda said: "I don't know how a horse [Tamarkuz] gets drawn in stall one or two in four consecutive races.
"I've got no doubt Sloane's the best horse in the race and he didn't win. I'm just a bit upset with the draw as I think it's cost him. I don't want to, but I feel like a bad loser after that."
He backtracked on those comments on Monday, saying: "I knew my horse was ready to run the race of his life, but after the draw I realised the odds were heavily stacked against us.
"My passion, competitive desire to win the race and the frustration of going so close just came to the surface when I was interviewed moments afterwards."
Noseda, who will prepare Sloane Avenue for the Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont Park on June 6, added on his website: "I apologise to the owner and connections of a very brave winner, if I upset them. Likewise, I want to apologise to the Dubai Racing Club. My comments were made in the heat of the moment."
Tamarkuz, who runs in the colours of Hamdan Al Maktoum, is trained by Musabah Al Muhairi and was ridden by Paul Hanagan. He could also head to the States later this year.