Dunaden 'not at his best'

  • Last Updated: December 9 2012, 10:50 GMT

The reaction from the connections of the defeated European runners in Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Vase.

Dunaden: Ran too free at Sha Tin

Maxime Guyon was satisfied with Meandre's effort and felt Andre Fabre's runner had given his best.

He told www. hkjc.com: "The pace was all right and my horse was quite relaxed throughout the race. We were following the two first home entering the last straight. No excuse, he did well today."

Dunaden, winner of the race last year, eventually finished fifth and jockey Craig Williams said: "Not at his best today, he ran a bit free, I followed the second horse through, he was gallant but didn't have his finishing kick today."

Alain de Royer-Dupre's Bayrir was sixth, one place ahead of the James Fanshawe-trained Dandino.

His jockey Jim Crowley said: "I'm a little disappointed. I was further back I'd like to have been from the draw but I thought he'd pick up better for me."

Johnny Murtagh felt the fast ground was against eighth-placed Dancing Rain, he said: "She was a bit disappointing but she was keeping on in the end. The ground might have been a bit quick."

Christophe Soumillon also blamed the quick conditions for Joshua Tree's ninth place.

He said: "I was in a good position but he was a little keen and the ground was probably a bit firm for him."

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