Bateel team favouring Champions Day date at Ascot over Arc test

Mon 18 Sep 2017

Bateel is unlikely to be supplemented for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc Triomphe with connections currently favouring a crack at the Qipco British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes at Ascot on October 21 instead.

Although no final decision on her participation in the Paris showpiece has yet been made, connections of the Prix Vermeille winner are leaning towards keeping her to the Group One later that month that is confined to her own sex.

"There will be no decision until the end of the week, but it is looking more likely she will wait for Ascot," said trainer Francis Graffard.

"She is very well, but at the moment it is more likely she will wait for Ascot."

Bateel won four races for Newmarket trainer David Simcock last season and has enjoyed an even better campaign in 2017 with wins at Group Three and Two level as well as in the highest company.

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