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Farhh - Newbury 18.5.13

Farhh: will return to the track for the first time since his Lockinge romp

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Farhh leads Champion Stakes charge for Brits

FARHH is all set to lead the British charge in the Qipco Champion Stakes with connections expecting a big run from the classy five-year-old, who will bid to break his duck over 1m2f when he returns to the track on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday.

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The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained son of Pivotal is one of 20 Group 1 winners set to take centre stage on Britain's richest raceday as he bids to follow up on his impressive victory in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes over a mile at Newbury in May.

Farhh is one of five British-trained horses in a field of ten with Hillstar, Mukhadram, Main Sequence and stablemate Hunter's Light the others bidding to halt the French and Irish raiders, who have the likes of Cirrus Des Aigles and this year's Derby hero Ruler Of The World at their disposal.

A series of setbacks have prevented Farhh returning to the track and despite pleasing connections recently, his trainer Saeed Bin Suroor admitted he is not easy to prepare.

"He is not easy to train but he has been doing well lately and we expect a nice run from him," said Bin Suroor.

Farhh was beaten into second three times over 1m2f last season - twice by Frankel - and has yet to run on soft ground, but Bin Suroor is confident that the 7-2 second favourite will handle both the trip and the ground.

"He hasn't won over ten furlongs but he has run well at the trip in the past including when third at Royal Ascot," added Bin Suroor. "His last piece of work on the Al Bahathri was professional and he should handle the ground although he wouldn't want it heavy."

The ground remains soft at Ascot despite dry spells over the last 24 hours and with showers expected on Saturday, the ground is likely to remain soft.

Clerk of the course Chris Stickels said on Friday: "I'm leaving the ground as soft. It's improving a bit but not quite enough to make a going change yet. If it remained dry between now and racing there's every chance it will be good to soft on the straight course. We're forecast occasional showers."

 
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