Hills – Battaash in a good place

Battaash tipped to make history

Trainer Charlie Hills claims stable star Battaash is in a good place as he prepares to return at Haydock on Saturday.

The five-year-old was last in action in October when finishing fourth at Longchamp.

After taking the winter off, the bay gelding is now ready for action and he will run in the Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes, a race he won 12 months ago.

The 2017 Prix de l’Abbaye winner is set for another busy campaign, with Hills readying his charge for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

When asked about the son of Dark Angel, Hills told reporters: ‘The field size is a bit different this year to last year, but we’re obviously happy with the horse and looking forward to getting him back on the racecourse – and we haven’t got a penalty like we had last year.

‘It looks like there will be some pace on, and we like to be up there as well.

They might go quite quick, I’d have thought.

‘It was just a tiny procedure, nothing major that we had looked at towards the end of last year.

He seems a happy horse.’

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