Ballydoyle Saturday Ascot runners – Aidan O’Brien’s comments

Champion Stakes-Gr.1
Ruler Of The World
“The Arc didn’t work out for him as he had little luck in running but he came out of the race very well and we’re very happy with him. We always thought dropping back to a mile and a quarter would be worth trying and we think the distance should suit him. He has shown that he can handle ease in the ground and he is in good form.”

Queen Elizabeth ÌI Stakes-Gr.1
“Things didn’t work out for him in the Irish Champion Stakes in which he was having his first run of the season. He collided with The Fugue crossing the roadway in the back straight, and lost his action for about a furlong. Joseph accepted the situation and he ended up having no sort of race. We’ve been happy with him since and decided on this race rather than asking him to go further on soft ground.”

British Champions Long Distance Cup-Gr.3
Eye Of The Storm
“He got two miles well when he won the Loughbrown Stakes at the Curragh last time, so we decided to let him take his chance in this race. It’s another step up in class for him and he is the only three-year-old taking on the older horses, so it will be a test for him. Hopefully, he will run a good race and that we’ll learn more about what programme we might give him next season.”

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