For Battaash and Goodwood, it’s all systems go.


For Battaash and Goodwood, it’s all systems go.

Battaash has recovered well following his King’s Stand Stakes efforts, according to Charlie Hills.

Hills thought he had acceptable justifications for the Royal Ascot defeat, despite the fact that the seven-year-old lost his title to Oxted.

Battaash became “leg-weary” in the final stages due to a red-hot early pace and the fact that it was his first run of the campaign, according to Hills, who will continue his regular campaign to Goodwood next, where he will attempt a stunning fifth consecutive King George Qatar Stakes victory.

Hills remarked, “He’s really come out of the race extremely well, he’s been cantering away this week and we’re really delighted with him.”

“They went pretty fast, and because it was his first time out, it caught him off guard.

“At Ascot, it’s a tough five furlongs; it’s never really played to his strengths, and he just got fatigued and a little leg-weary in the final half furlong.

“When anything like that happens, he’s also there to be shot out.

“Now we’ll head to Goodwood; his races are well-known.”

Hills had great hopes for Mutasaabeq in the Jersey Stakes, but he came up short, finishing second to two.

Hills remarked, “I don’t think the testing ground helped him, but he was beaten a long way out.”

“I was upset with the performance, and we’ll have him thoroughly examined this week.

“Given his form, he should have been in contention, therefore he’s performed poorly. We’ll run as many tests as we can.”


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