"Mr Moss has been an absolute inspiration to my Epsom yard," said Dow. "It all started when had a share in a horse with me. Then he decided to steer his own ship and have his own horses, and we've bought a whole range of horses this year - yearlings, two-year-olds etc."This horse could do all sorts of things - go to Dubai or run on the all-weather. But we'll get him back home first, let him settle in his new environment and see where we are before we make any plans. He's by a sire [Sir Percy] who gets plenty of good older horses and he's a good-looking, well balanced horse."
"Horses have to be rated at least 98 to run at the Carnival," said Stroud, making his fifth purchase. "So that limits the number of horses you can look at. Then they've got to pass the vet, which is crucial, so a lot fall by the wayside."Stroud admitted that purchases are down on previous years. He said: "I don't think there's the number of horses available here as in previous years - we've bought five so far this year, sometimes we've bought eight, in other years as many as 12. We always buys a few at the Arc Sale as well but only got one this year. I do think the numbers are down but of course, a number are sold privately as well."
“I’m very happy to buy this horse. When I came from Qatar I had it in my mind that if this horse wasn’t withdrawn he’d be coming back with me. The owner, Sheail Al Kuwari - the leading owner in Qatar, told me there was no limit on what I should spend to buy this horse and that I had to bring him back with me. We’ve had our eye on him for three or four weeks now and it was just a case of whether or not he’d be withdrawn.”Ghazali was unsure whether the Breeders’ Cup entry would be taken up, saying: “I’ll speak to the owner tonight.”
He added: “A bigger problem for me is the number of withdrawn horses. When I come from my country to buy the best horses in the auction and tell my owners I’ll get them a horse, sometimes I can’t buy an owner any horse as they’re withdrawn at the last minute.”
“He was recommended by John Gosden, who we’ve been very lucky buying from in the past having got Nichols Canyon and Thomas Hobson from him," said Kirk. "He’ll go jumping for a season and then we’ll run him on the Flat again next year. He stays very well and we’re hoping he might make up into a Melbourne Cup type.”
"I enjoy buying Juddmonte horses," he said, alluding to the success he has enjoyed with former graduates, among them subsequent Group 1/2 winners Stand To Gain, Foreteller and Permit. "They're very transparent when it comes to selling so you know exactly what you're getting."This horse stays well - we've got enough sprinters in Australia so it's good to get some stamina!"
"He'll race on in Europe but I'm not sure of the exact training plans," said Pritchard-Gordon. "He looks like a horse who could be kept going for the beginning of next season - there are a number of valuable races in the spring that could suit and he could probably go on the all-weather too."
"He is for a Hong Kong-based client, who is determined to win the Sydney Cup," said Donald. "I bought Spillway for the client and he won the Australia Cup for David Hayes."Le Metayer added: "He is a beautiful horse who is lightly raced. His form also ties in with Grey Lion, who was second in the Geelong Cup, so that's strong."
"He'll go jumping but could head back on the Flat after that," said Kirk. "Sometimes jumping can sweeten up those horses and he's got the talent to one day become a Melbourne Cup horse. He's a classy horse and if we can get him to click, he'll be grand. He's a gorgeous horse too."