JOE TALAMO, SPIRIT OF XIAN, WINNER: “We won, so it was definitely a great race! I had a lot of horse today. Coming off that sprint race in her last out, she really showed a lot of speed the whole way today. When she got to the front, she relaxed nicely and all the credit has to go to Mr. Mandella. You don’t see too many fillies going from a six and a half race to winning a mile and eighth turf race in their next out, so really all the credit goes to him. He gave me enough horse to work with today.”
FLAVIEN PRAT, ENTRECHAT, THIRD: “We had a good trip. It was the first time at this distance, so it was a little bit tough. I think she needs to get more experience, she was a little bit green, so for her this was a good race.”
RICHARD MANDELLA, SPIRIT OF XIAN, WINNER: “You could see, she meant to be on the lead, and Joe did a great job. I was lacking confidence, and I told Joe, ‘If you’re not sure she can get the last quarter, get off and run yourself.’ He didn’t have to.”
NOTES: Winning owner Ben Keswick lists his residence as Central Hong Kong.