What a week. Here are a few quotes from Royal Ascot.
Jockey Oisin Murphy: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be top jockey at Royal Ascot. When I was a child, I watched this meeting with my parents and I never thought this armband belonged on me, but thankfully the last few days have been incredible.”
Trainer John Gosden: “Fabulous racing and horses seemed in great order, and I think it’s a testament to willpower that it’s been pulled off with government blessing to go ahead, and I think it’s a very safe environment. Of course, we are in big, open spaces, and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, but it was very safe at the same time.”
Jockey Shane Kelly after winning the Wokingham aboard Rohaan: “He just comes alive when you need him and slices through them; he just picks them up so easily. He gets through soft ground like it’s good ground, and it’s hard work - it’s tacky, gluey, but he slides through it like it’s good, fast ground.”
Sir Michael Stoute about Dream Of Dreams: “He has got more and more relaxed; he doesn’t go to post like a sprinter, does he? I thought he was going to pull up halfway down. He is more relaxed, and a little better. He’s fully developed and strong now. But it’s his mind - he’s really, really chilling.”
Trainer David Menuisier: “Wonderful Tonight is an absolute champion. I couldn't be bullish in the press before the race because she was always going to improve for the run.”
Jockey Clifford Lee: “A first Royal Ascot win is really important and means the world. We're in this game to ride winners and find a really nice horse, and not many of them come around, but when you get the chances, you have to take them with both hands.”
Trainer Johnny Murtagh: “I was very successful at this track as a jockey – I love the place. To come back as a trainer now, this means the world. It means the world to me, means the world to my wife, means the world to all the staff back home. It’s a special place, it's a magical place, and it's a magical day. Training is a much tougher game. You're with the horses all the time, I'm responsible for 25 staff and huge thanks to them. The horses were in good form coming over and ran well.”
Trainer Andrew Balding: “This is the reason we do it. We have been looking forward to this meeting and had such high expectations. We had plenty of horses to run here and we thought we should have one winner with the number of horses we’ve got; two winners is fantastic, but three is cloud nine. We’ll have a bit of fun tonight.”
Trainer Wesley Ward: "Royal Ascot has changed my life. If it wasn't for Royal Ascot, my kids would be going to community college and instead my eldest son is going to law school in August."