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2021 British Champions Day Quotes - Top trainers discuss their confirmed runners

By Jon Vine
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14 Oct 2021
  • Quotes from connections ahead of British Champions Day
  • Four Group One and a Group Two will be run at Ascot on Saturday 16th October
  • Stars like Stradivarius, Palace Pier, Baaeed and Snowfall have all been confirmed
  • We've gathered key quotes from John Gosden, Aidan O'Brien, William Haggas and more
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Champions Day at Ascot. (Getty)
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Champions Day is now only two days away. The fields for all six races on this stacked card have now been confirmed, and flat racing fans look set for a stunning afternoon of action.

We've gathered key quotes from connections of all the leading contenders ahead of British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.
    Table Of Contents
  • 2021 British Champions Day Quotes
  • Long Distance Cup Quotes
  • Champions Sprint Quotes
  • Champions Fillies' & Mares Stakes Quotes
  • Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Quotes
  • Champions Stakes Quotes

2021 British Champions Day Quotes

Long Distance Cup Quotes

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Alan King talks to Sky Sports Racing about Trueshan

“We didn’t do much for the first week or so (after winning the Prix du Cadran at the start of the month), but he had a little breeze this morning and I was very happy, so we look as if we’re on track for the weekend.”

“It’s only two weeks since he ran but there’s not much we can do about that. It’s going to be his last run of the season so I think we can roll the dice and hope for the best."

“There were a lot of times when we used to go Cheltenham and Aintree with only two weeks between them and got away with that. I would have preferred another week but we haven’t got that, so that’s where we are."

“I thought he was better in France than Goodwood. I was pleased with the way he settled because I was concerned about the extra half-mile that day, but he saw it out very well and travelled through the race like a class act.”

John Gosden's confirms Stradivarius could take his chance with Racing Post

"I will be pressing the button as they say and leaving Stradivarius in the Long Distance Cup, and his appearance will be subject to discussions with the owner nearer the time. The old boy seems well in himself this morning and obviously knows the track well so he's ready to go again if required."

"We made a mistake running in France on ground which was not what we had been led to expect.

"On the Saturday they were running on ground that had been used for the Trials and while he ran a valiant race, it was just not his ground."

Champions Sprint Quotes

Tim Easterby speaks to Timeform about Art Power

"It was a very good performance in Ireland and he’s come out of it really well. He’s in good order and he goes to Ascot next time. He ran well last year. He just wants riding with a bit of patience. That’s what he wants and he could win anything,”

Archie Watson talks to Racing Post about Glen Shiel and Dragon Symbol

“Glen Shiel will certainly finish his year off back at Ascot in the Champions Sprint, and he won’t mind what the ground is. Dragon Symbol may well finish his season back up at six there too, and I don’t think he’ll mind what the ground is either.”

David Evans discusses Rohaan's chances with Sky Sports Racing

"He had a couple of blips at Newmarket and in France - but there were probably reasons for that, being too prominent. I think he just wants switching off, but not like he was in Ireland!"

"He seems in good form still - I just wish it was next week and not three weeks. Haydock and Royal Ascot proved he handles very soft ground, and the softer the better for him, I suppose - but I don't think the ground will be firm anyway.

"He's changed physically as the year has gone on. He was only a shell last winter and has just kept improving, but no one would have thought he would get to this sort of level."

"When he does it he just does it so easily - the two runs he didn't, it was hard to fathom why after what he had done at Ascot."

"It was nice to see him come back to how he was, in Ireland. He was unlucky, but it's nice to see it's still there. I've never seen a horse make up so much ground in a Group One, to be honest."

"We know five furlongs is too short. He's in good nick, and hopefully he'll stay that way."

Minzaal's trainer, Owen Burrows speaks to Sky Sports Racing

"Obviously he'd had over a year off and he was a bit rusty, but I was very pleased and thought it was a really good comeback run."

"There's always the worry of him having a little 'bounce', but from what we see at home he seems in good form and if he breezes well then the plan is to go."

Charlie Fellowes confirms Vadream will take her chance

"She won a course-and-distance Group Three a couple of weeks ago. She's bounced out of that race,"

"Starman being out blows a massive hole in the race because he's an outstanding sprinter. I'm genuinely gutted for Ed because I know they have had to pick and choose where they run this horse and the ground was about to come in his favour. It's a real shame for them."

"Our filly is proven over the course and distance. She'll go on any ground. It should be beautiful which won't bother her one bit and Ascot really suits her racing style.

"We'd be mad not to give it a crack. This will be her last run of the year and she stays in training next year so it was a no-brainer. I couldn't be happier the way she's come out of her race."

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Glen Shiel winning last year's Champion Sprint. (Getty)

Champions Fillies' & Mares Stakes Quotes

Aidan O'Brien's confirms Snowfall will run here, but Love will miss Champions Day with Racing Post

"We are switching Snowfall to the Fillies and Mares and La Joconde will join her in that. Bolshoi Ballet will be our only runner in the Champion Stakes."

"Mother Earth is going to take her chance in the QEII and The Mediterranean runs in the Long Distance Cup."

"We just weren't 100 per cent happy with Love's blood results this morning. She hasn't quite come right since her temperature before Longchamp so she won't be running on Saturday."

Barry Irwin, founder and chief executive of owners Team Valor, speaks to Racing TV about La Petite Coco

"Ascot is the plan. Paddy set the schedule up a couple of months ago, and right now we don’t see any reason to waiver from it.

“The only question mark coming up is if she performs well there whether we go for the Breeders’ Cup. Most of my partners are from the United States, and to go for the Breeders’ Cup would be meaningful.

“The ground yesterday was good. The jockey Billy Lee said she doesn’t want it any harder than that. She prefers cut in the ground.

“I’m from California – and during that time of year at Del Mar, rain is not very likely, so we are going to take it one step at a time and see what she does next. We will think about it and we are going to keep her in training next year.”

Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Quotes

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John Gosden speaks to Sky Sports Racing about Palace Pier 

"(In the Jacques le Marois) he was on the wing so a little bit out on his own. He went a length up and then sort of thought he'd done his job, but Kevin (Manning on runner-up Poetic Flare) did a clever job under that rail, going on the quicker ground and was coming back at him."

"The class of Palace Pier got him through, as Frankie (Dettori) said. We were thrilled to win off an inadequate prep."

"It will probably be Champions Day and then off to stud."

"I mentioned 10 furlongs as a possibility and he is in both races, but if it's very soft it would be unlikely. If it's good then it would be fascinating, he'd have nothing to lose."

Baaeed's trainer, William Haggas speaking to the Daily Mail

"I was really pleased with him at Longchamp. I don't want to undermine the horses who finished behind him but I am pretty sure we did not see him at his best that day."

"We had had a bit of a hiccup. It wasn't serious but we had a little bit of a rushed preparation. He was a bit fresh going to post and in the race but he will be focused on Saturday. I am pretty sure we will see the best of him at Ascot."

Andrew Balding discusses Alcohol Free's chances with Sky Sports Racing

"She's (been) home for a short holiday, which was always the plan, and we'll try to freshen her up for Champions Day. She'll target the mile race and the likelihood is it'll be soft ground, which seems to suit her well. That seems the logical target and we've got plenty of time to freshen her up between now and then."

Charlie Appleby speaks to about Master Of The Seas

“Master Of The Seas has pleased us since his reappearance (third) in the Joel Stakes last month. He is mentally maturing. The hood is removed this time. This is his stepping stone to Del Mar."

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John Gosden will run Palace Pier, Mishriff and Stradivarius on Saturday. (Getty)

Champions Stakes Quotes

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Appleby also confirmed Adayar would run in the Champions Stakes

"It was an easy piece of work to confirm his well-being, and he did it so well. We discussed it with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and the decision was taken to run. We are all looking forward to the rematch with Mishriff, particularly over this trip."

"Adayar beat Mishriff comfortably (a length and three-quarters) in the King George, and then Mishriff came out and dominated the Juddmonte International at York, winning by six lengths, over the distance (approximately) of Saturday's race."

"We are happy to meet him over the mile and a quarter, which is the trip where we believe Adayar's potential lies next year (at four)."

John Gosden talks about Mishriff

"Mishriff has come out of his York win in great shape and we feel he's a stronger horse this year, which should stand him in good stead for an autumn campaign."

"We feel we should stick to a mile and a quarter with him rather than a tough mile and a half in Paris as he's not short of speed and he won over nine furlongs in Saudi Arabia."

William Haggas talks to Racing Post about Dubai Honour and Addeybb

"We ran him (Dubai Honour) in the Dollar and James (Doyle) said he showed a very smart turn of foot. He was well on top at the finish. I put the suggestion to the owner (Mohamed Obaida) to supplement and he nearly bit my hand off for it. He's an intriguing runner."

"Addeybb's ideal conditions is the track passing an inspection the morning of the race, he sloshes through that. I'm not sure drying, gluey ground will be soft enough."

"His record at Ascot and right-handed is fantastic, but this is a hugely competitive race. Mishriff was awesome at York and Adayar is a bloody good horse. I'd be really frightened of him, even at a mile and a quarter, he'll be hard to pass."

Cedric Rossi talks about French raider Sealiway with RacingAndSports

"He just had a long break after the Prix du Jockey Club – he did not have an injury."

"We have the option to run in the Champion Stakes at Ascot. I need to look at that with my father."

"We are very happy with him, so we will see this week how it goes. I think it will either be British Champions Day or the Breeders' Cup."

"He has no problem with good or heavy ground and for the moment, the plan is to keep him (in training) for next season."

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