Charlie Hills is confident Battaash is at the very top of his game before his bid for another 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 conducted at Chantilly at 2017 — however could only finish fourth when a hot favourite to become the first dual winner because the mighty Lochsong (1993 and 1994) 12 months ago.
But he returns to ParisLongchamp about the rear of what was a career-best functionality from the Nunthorpe — doubts about his own capacity to create his best using a display at York — and Hills believes his stable star is at exactly the exact same shape.
Hills said:I am quite happy with him. His preparation has been quite much like what it went into York and his burden is exactly the exact same.
I believe that the draw (stall 11) is pretty much flawless, to tell the truth. Well be able to ride our own race from that point.
We wont understand what the ground is like until we get out there, but he has won on soft ground before.
Hills felt being able to travel his charge on the afternoon of this Nunthorpe out of his Lambourn yard to York was beneficial, but hell have to travel to France the day before his newest assignment.
The master of Wetherdown House is hoping that it wont be a major problem, adding:Hes travelling on Saturday, as he did if he won the race in Chantilly.
Battaash is put to confront 15 competitions.
The top-class mare has finished the 3 times theyve met and coach Michael Dods anticipates the celebrity to prove a difficult nut to crack.
She appears in fantastic form. She did a great bit of work a week and were very pleased with her, stated the Darlington-based trainer.
A little of simplicity at the ground will suit her. The way she races she looks like she wants six furlongs, so soft earth over five could benefit her.
The biggest difficulty weve got is Battaash. Ive yet to find when he is on his own A-game, a horse that can beat on him — if he is at his best, he is thus far superior to each other sprinter.
The issue they would have is they were able to travel up him to York on the morning 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.
When he works to his best, I dont believe any people will conquer him, but she won the race last year and deserves to be there again
Archie Watsons Soldiers Phone was next 12 months and has run with charge 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 at the Curragh of the month — a race in.
Watson said:Hes been running well annually. He is in order in the home and Im hoping he will operate.
He will deserve to get his head in front, but unfortunately theres a very great sprinter named Battaash around.
Hes in stall 15, however I think the winner arrived from 13 last year.
James Tates Invincible Army bounced back from two or three efforts that were below-par to finish third at the Flying Five to his most recent outing.
He ran a fantastic race in Ireland and I have been very pleased with him because, said Tate.
Battaash is obviously going to be quite tough to beat, but I hope he will 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 challenge, although Aidan OBrien sends Flying Five winner Fairyland and So Perfect out of Ireland.
The Spinning Memories of pascal Bary is your chief hope for your home team.
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