Thady Gosden is hoping Ascot avoids any stormy weather this weekend as Mishriff prepares to try his luck in the King George.
Mishriff, whose two greatest triumphs took place on good or soft ground, in the French Derby and the Dubai Sheema Classic, is among the nine registered for Group 1 on Saturday.
He was last seen in the Coral-Eclipse in Sandown, finishing third behind St. Mark’s Basilica and Addeybb, the latter being a potential rival again.
Gosden said Sky Sports Racing: “We gave him a bit of a breather before the Eclipse and he’s come back from this heat and is in good shape right now. He’s a very tough and tough horse.
“It was not ideal to do your own race [in the Eclipse] but it was a good race with Addeybb, who liked the loose soil and the hill of Sandown, and St Mark’s Basilica, who is currently the best three year old colt in Europe.
“Mishriff wants a nice sound surface, he doesn’t want extremes like other horses. In King George, you have Addeybb and Wonderful Tonight, two horses who would like it to be smooth but for now less thunderstorms. , be fast enough. It will handle most things, but not extremes. “
The Gosden team has five registered for Ascot on Friday, including two horses awaiting their next run.
Indigo girl will make his seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Valiant Stakes, while Grand Bazaar races in the John Guest Racing Handicap.
“Indigo Girl is doing really well. She had a little problem early in the season which delayed her comeback but she is in good shape.
“She’s obviously a filly with a lot of ability so we figured we were going to take our time and not rush her into anything.
“Grand Bazaar ran well the first time around and then we had a few frustrating moments where he was ready to run on his favorite fast terrain before receiving a lot of rain so we had to pull him out.
“Eventually it looks like the rain stops and he’s going in good shape.”
“Stradivarius show-off ready for Goodwood”
Gosden reports that the stable star Stradivarius is in great shape after failing to secure four consecutive Gold Cup victories at Royal Ascot.
The seven-year-old will then head to the Goodwood Cup, but has been denied a rematch with Royal Ascot winner Subjectivist after his injury setback.
“It’s a shame Subjectivist got injured after Ascot, it would have been nice to have a rematch,” said Gosden.
“He’s going there in good form and I hope he gets a nice and fast pitch as well.
“He ran well the first time around in the Sagaro and at Royal Ascot, things just didn’t work out. He was behind a bit and then stopped in the straight.
“At home he’s been business as usual. He’s a very flamboyant and jovial horse to have everywhere and he’s definitely spent a lot of time showing off since Ascot.”