Ascot Champions Day: The Perfect Power team is looking for Christophe Soumillon’s replacement ahead of Champions Sprint | Race News

Richard Fahey reports that stable star Perfect Power is firmly on track for the Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Saturday week, with the search for a replacement for banned rider Christophe Soumillon.

The Ardad colt took his third victory at Group 1 level at the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot in June, adding to his previous top-flight victories as a two-year-old in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes.

However, he has since disappointed as the favorite for both the July Cup at Newmarket and when he returned to France for the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in early August.

After giving his charge a short mid-season break, Fahey will hope he shows his true colors on Champions Day, live on Sky Sports Racing on October 15.

“He’s in great shape – we’re very happy with him,” the Musley Bank manager said. “We’ve given him a little break and he’s been training really well. We’ve taken him out a few times, he’s in great condition and we’re looking forward to him.

Perfect Power won the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot this year

“He loves Ascot. I thought about going to France, but talking to Sheikh Rashid (Dalmook Al Maktoum, owner) we decided to go straight there. [Ascot] with him.

“He just doesn’t want the ground to be very firm. He did a lot of runs on very firm ground and it just didn’t suit him. Some decent ground would be great.”

With Soumillon sidelined – his 60-day suspension for nudging Rossa Ryan off his horse comes into effect a day before Ascot – relations are on the hunt for a new jockey.

He added: “There have been discussions and Bruce Raymond (owner’s race director) is aware at this time.”

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