Charlie Hills is confident Battaash is at the very top of his game ahead of his bid for a second success in the Prix de lAbbaye on Sunday.
The five-year-old was a brilliant winner of the five-furlong Group One as it was run at Chantilly at 2017 – but will only finish fourth when a hot favourite to become the first dual winner because the mighty Lochsong (1993 and 1994) 12 months past.
But he yields to ParisLongchamp about the rear of what was a career-best functionality from the Nunthorpe – doubts about his ability to create his best using a display at York – and Hills feels his star is at exactly the same shape today.
Hills stated:I am quite happy with him. His preparation has been quite similar to what it had been moving to York and his burden is exactly precisely the same.
I think the draw (stall 11) is pretty much flawless, to be honest. Hopefully well be able to ride our race from there.
We will not understand what the ground is like before we get out there, however, hes won on soft earth
Hills felt having the ability to travel his charge in the afternoon of the Nunthorpe was beneficial, but hell need to travel before his newest mission.
The master of Wetherdown House is hoping it wont be a significant problem, including:Hes travelling Saturday, just as he did when he won the race in Chantilly.
Battaash is set to confront 15 competitions, such as a years winner Mabs Cross.
The top-class mare has ended behind Battaash that the few times theyve met and coach Michael Dods expects the Hills-trained celebrity to prove a difficult nut to crack .
She appears in wonderful form. She did a wonderful piece of work a week and were very satisfied with her, stated the Darlington-based trainer.
A bit of ease at the ground will suit her. The way she races now, she almost looks like she needs six furlongs, therefore soft earth over five might help her.
The biggest problem weve got is Battaash. I have yet to see if hes on his A-game, a horse that could beat on him – if hes in his best, he is thus far superior to each sprinter.
The difficulty that they may have is they were able to travel him up to York on the afternoon of the race this season, whereas theyve obviously got to carry him to France this weekend. Whether that is going to be a problem, I dont understand, as hes obviously been there and done it.
If he runs up to his best, I dont believe any of us will beat himbut she won the race last year and deserves to be there again
Archie Watsons Soldiers Call was 12 months ago and has run with credit in a string of top-class sprints this season – including a runner-up finish behind Battaash.
He was last seen finishing fourth in the Flying Five in the Curragh of the month – a race in which Mabs Cross completed sixth.
Watson explained:He has been operating well all year. He is in order in the home and I am hoping he will run.
He can deserve to get his head in front, but sadly theres a really good sprinter named Battaash around.
He is in stall 15, but I feel that the winner came from 13 last year.
The Invincible Army of james Tate bounced back from two or three attempts to finish third in the Flying Five to his most recent outing.
He ran a excellent race in Ireland and Ive been very pleased with him because, said Tate.
Battaash is obviously going to be quite hard to conquer, but I hope hell run a good race.
Recon Mission (Tony Carroll), El Astronaute (John Quinn), Glass Slippers (Kevin Ryan) and Colors Of Blue (Clive Cox) complete the British battle, while Aidan OBrien sends Flying Five winner Fairyland and Thus Perfect by Ireland.
Pascal Barys Spinning Memories is the hope for the home team.
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