Racing: 'I knew it was going to be all right. This is the happiest day of our lives'

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* I feel sorry for Best Mate's connections that he wasn't able to run. He is a great champion and it would have been a privilege to have run against him. I hope he is back next year. It would be an honour to take him on.

* I feel sorry for Best Mate's connections that he wasn't able to run. He is a great champion and it would have been a privilege to have run against him. I hope he is back next year. It would be an honour to take him on.

Conor Clarkson, owner of Kicking King

* The winner jumps and stays, the mark of a true champion. It would have been nice to see him and Best Mate coming up the hill together; maybe it can be a dead-heat next. But seriously the Irish have always been so generous to us and they deserve all the applause they get.

Jim Lewis, Best Mate's owner

* I knew when he was popping away going on to the course that everything was going to be all right. This is the happiest day of our lives.

Shane Maloney, Kinging King's stable lad

* No one likes being second, but it's the Gold Cup. He was an outsider, but he ran a brilliant race. He made a few mistakes in the first mile but got it together after that. He'll have a chance in the Grand National but his jumping will be under more pressure there.

Tony Dobbin, rider of runner-up Take The Stand

* The ground was too firm for him, really. I know I said he'd retire now, and I don't like to change my mind, but we'll see. His legs seem fine and he was really staying on again well after getting outpaced down the hill.

Howard Johnson, trainer of Grey Abbey (fifth)

* That was disappointing. We thought we had a good chance, but in this class he just didn't get home. He's still a young horse but on that showing he'd need to find plenty. All credit to the winner, who is a really good horse.

David Johnson, owner of Celestial Gold

* I think that was the best race he's ever run and I'm looking forward to next year. He made no mistakes, he was in the vanguard the whole way and he had to fight up the run-in to get third. God willing he'll be back again next year.

Robert Alner, trainer of Sir Rembrandt

* He never really recovered from the mistake he made at the first.

Paul Carberry, rider of Beef Or Salmon (pulled up)

* It's better than that Best Mate song!

Irish enthusiast in the crowd, singing 'Ole-ole-ole'

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