Michael Dods hopes the return to a stiffer observe will assist Mabs Cross flip the tables on Battaash when the 2 meet once more at Royal Ascot – and a step as much as six furlongs later within the season has been mooted.
Having began her season with a win over Charlie Hills’ Equilateral at Newmarket, the Prix de l’Abbaye winner had no reply to his stablemate Battaash within the Temple Stakes at Haydock.
Dods felt her Group One penalty made life troublesome and that on a degree enjoying subject within the King’s Stand she might be able to actual her revenge.
“She’s a little bit tender on a hind foot where she pulled a shoe off – but apart from that she’s fine,” mentioned Dods.
“I thought she ran an incredible race. The bottom was lots fast sufficient, to be trustworthy – and due to that, they went fast and did not cease.
“On his day Battaash is nigh on unbeatable. I’ve seen nothing to beat him on his day, however he does not at all times have his day. I did suppose he appeared large on Saturday, although – he appeared very well and he is an excellent horse.
“At Ascot and Newmarket there is a hill, and she or he finishes robust, so it fits her – she simply struggles to tag on at Haydock. Paul (Mulrennan) mentioned at one level he appeared over, and Jim Crowley took a pull – and he was going flat out.
“I was very impressed with the winner, however we nonetheless ran nicely and we’ll have the rematch at Ascot once we’ll be 5lb higher off on a stiffer observe. There are different top-class horse as nicely, although, in Alpha Delphini and Blue Level.
“A little bit of juice would assist us – which we should always get, with it being the primary day (of the assembly), and we mentioned after the race attempting her over six furlongs.
“However she’s doing so nicely at 5 it is onerous to change something. I suppose we’ll strive her over six at some stage.”