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Issue Number: Issue 645
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HH Sheikh Mohammed

“This is what it is all about: winning big races across the world. “It is something special to win the Derby. I am very happy that he has won today and very proud that the horse has come from Dubai. “My daughter is here and she brought all the luck. I was confident during the race as I thought William was going very well but before the race, I don’t know. “We knew that the favourite was a very good horse but we liked our horse too. “I wasn’t nervous in the last part of the race; I was excited and jumping around! “Horses are my blood so this is a very special day for me.

I love horses and I love racing.” Speaking later, he added: “It’s amazing to win the Derby. We have tried to win the Derby so many times and to finally win the race is very special. “William gave him a lovely ride and horses are my blood so it is a special moment to win the Derby. It’s not easy to win the Derby but we have won it and we are pleased to be here. He is a very good trainer and the horse came from Dubai; it’s been a good year for Godolphin.”

HRH Princess Haya

“I am so happy for Sheikh Mohammed, who so deserved it. Everyone in the team has worked so hard for this.”

Charlie Appleby

“That was absolutely amazing; all I could think of in the last furlong was that I wanted to be the first trainer to win the Derby in the Godolphin blue. It was a fantastic team effort. Brett Doyle rides him every day and has been so sweet on him since the 2000 Guineas. We just wanted to get him to switch off and we thought he’d stay. William’s given him a brilliant ride but the last 100 yards seemed a long time! “It’s such a special day with the royal family being here. This season, we’ve just been knocking on the door and it was the same story yesterday. Obviously, I went home a bit disappointed, and it was a long drive home, but that’s the great thing about His Highness, he told me not to worry and that we’d try next year.

“So I came here today very relaxed and just wanted the horse to do his best. It’s been so good. It still hasn’t sunk in and it probably won’t for days or even weeks. I was always just hoping the door was going to open for us this season and, to be honest, I did think it was going to be yesterday. “The great thing about the team around me, especially HH Sheikh Mohammed, is that they are so supportive. I’m a realist; I’ve been in this game all my life and we were beaten fair and square yesterday. You’ve just got to take it on the chin and take the positives out of it. “Today was another day though. He put up a great performance in the Guineas and it was always going to be the best trial I thought. “I’m very lucky to have been given this position and all I wanted to do when I got it was to win the Derby for the team. Each year, I’ve watched it go by without having a winner but you’ve got to keep trying.”

A delighted Appleby later added: “It’s still not sunk in yet. I am delighted for HH Sheikh Mohammed, firstly for giving me the position and opportunity to be here. I have always said since I started this job that all I wanted to do was to be the first person to have the Derby winner in Godolphin blue. “I thank my team at home. Brett Doyle has done a fantastic job with this horse, the whole team have. Brett has been sweet on him since the 2000 Guineas and said this horse would stay. “William has given him the perfect ride around there and I am just delighted for His Highness and the whole royal family to be here. It’s a day for dreams.

 

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