Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Cecil, Crisford, Fanshawe and Gosden Talk About Their Hopes for QIPCO British Champions Day
1.50pm £200,000 QIPCO British Champions Long Distance Cup, Group Three, Two Miles
“The entries look to have good strength in depth. We run Nehaam and it would be lovely if he could get a place. He has won at Ascot before and is a grand horse. He is in good nick.”
2.25pm £250,000 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes, Group Two, Six Furlongs
Henry Cecil: “Hopefully, we will run Vita Nova.
“She had a slight hiccup - she either got cast in her box or knocked herself but she has had tests and been x-rayed and seems to have come right. She had been working well before that.
“She will have her final piece of work tomorrow. She is an improving filly and hopefully there is more to come.
“I hope Frankel can be a champion. I still think he will be a better horse next year.
“Lets let the horse do the talking.
"But with each race this season he seems to have improved. He is doing well at the moment and now we have got to weigh which is the best race for him.
"I think we will leave the decision as late as possible. Poet's Voice does seem to be coming back to something nearing his best while Rio De La Plata has run well all year."
4.10pm, £1.3 million QIPCO Champion Stakes, Group One, One Mile & Two Furlongs
John Gosden: “The ground was beautiful at Ascot’s last meeting and it would be great if it could prepared like that again on Saturday.