He has got to be an outstanding horse, as a two-year-old, as a three-year-old and over all distances and all goings. He has speed, he has stamina. He has everything…. If he hadn’t have been beaten by Alamshar in the Irish Derby, he would be unbeaten, but they are two very good horses…. He is a beautiful mover. I was worried about the ground as he hadn’t won on it since he was a two-year-old, but he proved he could handle anything…. It is always difficult to make comparisons between horses. This horse possesses a concentration of unusual talents…. That is what gives him the ability to accelerate when he needs to accelerate, to follow a pace when he needs to do that, and to handle all goings equally…. Breeding is the basis of what my family has been doing for generations and this win puts him among the best.

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For the Aga Khan, it was yet another reward from a breeding programme that has spanned the generations and continues to provide a steady stream of high-class winners. It is to the Aga’s stud that Dalakhani may now head, the vibes immediately after the race suggesting that the son of Darshaan – himself a former champion in the green and red colours – may now retire without running again.

No decision has been made about whether he stays in training but he definitely won’t be going for the Breeders’ Cup.

He has got to be an outstanding horse, as a two-year-old, as a three-year-old and over all distances and all goings. He has speed, he has stamina. He has everything.

If he hadn’t have been beaten by Alamshar in the Irish Derby, he would be unbeaten, but they are two very good horses.

He is a beautiful mover. I was worried about the ground as he hadn’t won on it since he was a two-year-old, but he proved he could handle anything.

It is always difficult to make comparisons between horses. This horse possesses a concentration of unusual talents.

That is what gives him the ability to accelerate when he needs to accelerate, to follow a pace when he needs to do that, and to handle all goings equally.

Breeding is the basis of what my family has been doing for generations and this win puts him among the best.

Soumillon’s patient ride also came in for high praise from the winning owner.

Christophe truly is an excellent horseman. He is a fine judge of pace and sufficiently reserved and calm not to get upset when a race goes against what we expect to happen.

BBC Sport

The French Derby winner – ridden by Christophe Soumillon – had to come in from stall 14, wide out on the right, and held off a brave challenge from Mubtaker…. [T]he Aga Khan-owned Dalakhani showed his class as he poured on the pace, despite the soft ground, and claimed victory by three quarters of a length.

I was worried about the ground as he hadn’t won on it since he was a two-year-old, but he proved he could handle anything. He has got to be an outstanding horse.

Guardian

Dalakhani looked a horse apart as he glided across the soft ground on the way to post for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe here yesterday, and he was better still on the way back…. Before the race, there was a theory that Dalakhani’s outside draw would be too great a handicap, and if that did not get him, the soft going would. Yet from his first step out of the stalls he moved like a winner, and Soumillon’s major task was to keep him out of trouble. He did so supremely well. There was no rush towards the pace in search of a position, just the confidence that flows from having a horse on a long, tight rein as you ghost across the ground.

He’s outstanding on the basis of what we’ve seen as a two-year-old, three-year-old, over all distances and on all going. It’s very difficult to make comparisons, but this horse has a concentration of unusual talents, and that’s what gives him the ability to accelerate when he needs to accelerate, to follow a pace when he needs to follow a pace, and to handle all goings.

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