Charlie Hills prepares Battaash strategy ahead of Royal Ascot

Battaash wins the Temple Stakes
Battaash wins the Temple Stakes

Charlie Hills and his team are working on a strategy to try to keep the lid on Battaash before the stalls open in next week's King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The four-year-old was an impressive four-length winner of the Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly at the end of last season and his clash with last year's King's Stand winner, the Wes Ward-trained Lady Aurelia, is set to be one of the highlights of the week.

Lady Aurelia finished in front of Battaash in the Nunthorpe at York last August, but Hills' speedster blew his chance by getting worked up before the race.

"We're trying to find the right strategy to put the saddle on and bring him out late - there are things we've thought through. We'll try to go down nice and quiet and go down last, like he did at Chantilly and Haydock," said Hills.

"He's had a few niggly problems with the stalls so Craig and Gary Witheford will be with him as well. He'll go in late with a blindfold, too."


King's Stand Stakes, Royal Ascot, Tuesday June 19

Sky Bet Odds (Non Runner No Bet, correct at 1105BST 13/06/2018)

  • BATTAASH 9/4
  • Lady Aurelia 3/1
  • Merchant Navy 7/1
  • Redkirk Warrior 7/1
  • Blue Point 8/1

Battaash, who was victorious on his return at Haydock last month, underwent wind surgery after the Abbaye but Hills is not sure it has made much difference.

"The wind op happened over the winter, just a couple of weeks after he won the Abbaye," he told At The Races.

"Back at Shadwell (Stud), he had a routine scope to check for ulcers and they found a trapped epiglottis, which is a pretty straightforward procedure.

"If that has improved him, then he's going to be very hard to beat, but I don't think it's made much difference at all really."

Related horse racing links

Most Read Racing

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action1

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Kirkland Forever his best bet at Brighton and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Oisin Murphy celebrates on Roaring Lion after winning the Juddmonte International Stakes2

Roaring Lion to run in QEII

John Gosden has confirmed Roaring Lion will drop to a mile for Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Nap Of The Day3

Daily Nap: Trust Mankind

David Ord turns to Chelmsford for Thursday's best bets - with all three of his selections running on the card.

Barry Geraghty4

Talking Points: Electric Avenue?

David Ord takes a close look at Thursday's action with a couple of interesting rides for Barry Geraghty and a cracking novice hurdle at Carlisle.

Jack Kennedy celebrates as Samcro wins the Ballymore5

Samcro to return at Down Royal

Samcro is set to make his seasonal debut at Down Royal early next month - but connections have yet to decide whether he's to stay over hurdles.

Most Read Racing

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action1

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Kirkland Forever his best bet at Brighton and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Oisin Murphy celebrates on Roaring Lion after winning the Juddmonte International Stakes2

Roaring Lion to run in QEII

John Gosden has confirmed Roaring Lion will drop to a mile for Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Nap Of The Day3

Daily Nap: Trust Mankind

David Ord turns to Chelmsford for Thursday's best bets - with all three of his selections running on the card.

Barry Geraghty4

Talking Points: Electric Avenue?

David Ord takes a close look at Thursday's action with a couple of interesting rides for Barry Geraghty and a cracking novice hurdle at Carlisle.

Jack Kennedy celebrates as Samcro wins the Ballymore5

Samcro to return at Down Royal

Samcro is set to make his seasonal debut at Down Royal early next month - but connections have yet to decide whether he's to stay over hurdles.

Next Race Off

13:30 Brighton
7
(7)
Confrerie
J: L P Keniry
15
(4)
Harlequin Rose
J: Nicola Currie
1
(8)
Popsicle
J: Thore Hammer Hansen
9
(13)
Baby Gal
J: Charlie Bennett
2
(11)
Lady Marigold
J: Georgia Dobie
3
(9)
Lifeboat
J: Jason Watson
12
(5)
Captain Sedgwick
J: Hayley Turner
8
(15)
Rivers Of Asia
J: Tom Marquand
11
(6)
Arctic Flower
J: Liam Jones
6
(1)
Affluence
J: S W Kelly
16
(2)
Suni Dancer
J: Poppy Bridgwater
4
(14)
Live Dangerously
J: K T O'Neill
5
(16)
Mimram
J: R Winston
14
(10)
Corporal Maddox
J: David Probert
10
(3)
Alqalsar
J: Jack Mitchell
13
(12)
Miss Recycled
J: William Cox

Racing Tips

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Kirkland Forever his best bet at Brighton and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Nap Of The Day

Daily Nap: Trust Mankind

David Ord turns to Chelmsford for Thursday's best bets - with all three of his selections running on the card.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Friday's racing preview

Across The Sea at Haydock is Nick Grant's best bet for Friday and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.