John and Thady Gosden decided it’s QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot instead of ParisLongchamp for their top colt – and a clash with the likes of Tarnawa and Adayar
Mishriff will tackle the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot four weeks today – in preference to a tilt at the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 13 days earlier.
After the four-year-old had gained a first domestic Group 1 victory with a six-length supremacy in the Juddmonte International under David Egan at York last month, John Gosden – who trains Mishriff in partnership with his son, Thady – mulled over the next target.
The options were Europe’s middle-distance championship at ParisLongchamp and the centrepiece of the QIPCO British Champions Day card.
But Gosden snr’s belief Mishriff will be better suited by racing over a mile and a quarter at Ascot – as opposed to an additional two furlongs in the French capital – has steered him in the direction of Royal Berkshire.
“I think his best distance is a mile and a quarter, and that’s why we’re veering towards Champions Day,” he said yesterday.
Successful in the Prix du Jockey Club over a mile and a quarter at Chantilly in June 2020, Mishriff captured the nine-furlong Saudi Cup at Riyadh in February.
The son of Make Believe secured another big payday in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic over a mile and a half at Meydan the following month, but Gosden added: “Meydan is a flat track and that helped.
“In Riyadh, he won over nine furlongs and he was racing against an American dirt champion.
“His stamina got tested over a mile and half [when third to Adayar] in the King George [And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July] and you’d have to say his best form is over 10 furlongs.”