Mishriff one of the stars confirmed for Ascot’s QIPCO British Champions Day

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 heads to Ascot over ParisLongchamp

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.

Mishriff (maroon colours) was much the best in the 2021 Juddmonte International at York Racecourse



“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.”

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