Champions Day – Gleneagles team wait…
Aidan O’Brien walked the Ascot track today ahead of an intended run for stable star Gleneagles in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Champions Day at the track tomorrow afternoon.
No decision was made on the participation and O’Brien warned that any rain and Gleneagles will not run and also that Ryan Moore will know eveyrthing they need to make a decision after riding in the opening races on the card. If an absentee as has been the case with Gleneagles several times this season it will leave Solow a warm order for the race and in search of a ninth win on the bounce.
“It’s not perfect, obviously, but we’re going to take him and see how it rides the first few races. We would love to run him but we want to do what’s right for the horse. The ground is very close to good in parts, although parts of it are slow. If they get any rain it’s over, no chance. A millimetre of rain would be too much. We’ll see how the early morning goes and then see how it rides.”
“It’s not far away. You would hope it might tighten a little bit. When Ryan rides on it he will know very quick.”
The card includes a stellar cast with a Champion Stakes field that includes the match up of Jack Hobbs against Found, Champion Sprint Stakes where Muhaarar will head a serious line up plus a Long Distance Cup with runners including Forgotten Rules and Agent Murphy. Covert Love heads the market for the Fillies and Mares Champion Stakes and a huge field for the Balmoral Handicap will have punters scratching their heads to find the winner.
Eyes on the skies but action, with or without Gleneagles, will get underway at 12.45 on RacingFM.
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