Charlie Hills wishes for a Battash come back by securing a record-breaking third win during the King George Qatar Stakes to be held at Goodwood.
After claiming the Group Two prize from both the 2017 and 2018 competition, Dark Angel’s son is about to make a bid in a hat-trick of championships for the five-furlong dash come August 2.
As it made a victorious return in the Temple Stakes at Haydock way back in May a year ago, the five-year-old, Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned horse had to be okay with a runner’s up spot for almost two successive years now after the retired Blue Point during a current start in the King’s Stand Stakes held at the Royal Ascot.
In an interview, Hills mentioned that Battaash coming out of Ascot was really well and that the plan with him now is to go back to Goodwood and try and dominate the King George Stakes.
Hence, he said:
“He likes it at Goodwood. He has been down there twice and won twice, so hopefully the same will happen this time.”
He thought that his horse ran really well at Ascot. As a team, they are not as far forward as they wanted to be, he just got outstayed by Blue Point again and on that track, even the rain did not help them with anything.
By just merely looking down the line, the potential to taking a trip to Ireland for the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes held at the Curragh may be on the major comeback at the Group One company.
Hills even reiterated that he is now a part of the Nunthorpe at York, however, he already has an entry for the Flying Five. He added that he is almost determined to pursue the rice in Ireland.
The race was almost a step up to the company’s pattern race, and it is an Ascot return on the cards with Royal Hunt Cup champion Afaak, as Hills contemplates running Oasis Dream’s son during the Group Two Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile.
He included that Afaak has a John Smith’s Cup entry, however, he can be found in the Summer Mile too, he said:
“I’ve put him in that because he has good form at Ascot.”
They believe that the better class horse is competing against other performing bets and that it is worthy to look at Summer Mile.
To conclude, the trainer mentioned that:
“He has gone up a bit in the weights, which won’t make life easy in a handicap, and you need a decent draw in the John Smith’s Cup. But we always thought a mile and a quarter is his trip.”