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Friday, 16 November, 2018

A mentor's pride, a dream ride and a star has nowhere to hide

Nakeeta: the Ebor winner is now guarantee a run in the Melbourne Cup
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"It wasn't difficult last year to see he was going to be good. He has a hell of a pedigree – he has looks, he has quality and he's some athlete. He's hard to fault."
Sir Michael Stoute on Juddmonte International winner Ulysses

"If you try to keep up with her, she'll break your lungs."
Frankie Dettori after making all on Enable in the Yorkshire Oaks

Frankie Dettori talks to journalists after the Nunthorpe he thought was his but was not

"Ow! You saw it yourself. I thought I had won a neck. You've seen it on TV. I'm shocked lads."
Dettori again, this time after celebrating a Nunthorpe Lady Aurelia had, in fact, lost by a nose

"She's still a true champion."
Wesley Ward on Lady Aurelia

"Her mother is called Marlinka, so I thought, 'Why not Marsha?' I love her immensely. We're so lucky to have her. I read the Racing Post avidly and all I've read has been about Lady Aurelia and Battaash. I was thinking, 'No way!'"
Marsha Holliman, Elite Racing Club owner who won a competition to name Marsha

"We knew this would be a good maiden, so we had a gallop between three of them and he was the chosen one. I won't tell you the others, because one got pretty close!"
Mark Johnston after Dream Today’s impressive debut win

Nakeeta and Flymetothestars engage in a thrilling battle to the line

"This had been the plan for two months. I knew it was coming and it did give me a few sleepless nights. At the same time, it's been something to look forward to, and I remember watching Adam McNamara winning this race last year and thinking I wanted to be there - I wanted to do the same"
Apprentice Callum Rodriguez after winning the Ebor on Nakeeta

"He started with me when he was 14 and he'd never ridden a pony, and he's just gone and won the Ebor, I'm so proud of the lad."
Trainer Richard Ford on Callum Rodriguez

"Excuse me gentlemen, would you mind getting off the track and walking on the path inside?"
"That would rather defeat the object!"
Sir Mark Prescott's assistant trainer William Butler and a security officer exchange pleasantries before the Ebor


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