Multi ready for Champion task

Ted Durcan believes Multidimensional can put up a bold show in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.

Ted Durcan believes Multidimensional can put up a bold show in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.

Durcan, trainer Henry Cecil and owners the Niarchos Family will be bidding for a big-race double after teaming up to take the Vodafone Oaks with Light Shift earlier in the season.

Multidimensional has won four of his five starts to date with his only defeat coming at Goodwood when he failed to handle the track.

However, after winning a Group Two in France last August, he suffered a hairline fracture of his pelvis and has been limited to just one run this season, a stylish victory at Newbury.

“He’s a lovely horse. He’s obviously had his problems but we were very pleased with his last run and Mr Cecil has been delighted with him since,” said Durcan.

“He’s a horse Mr Cecil has always held in high esteem. His reappearance was his prep run for this and he still ran well to win.

“Mr Cecil wouldn’t be running him if he didn’t think he was up to it. The ground should be perfect for him and the track will suit him too – he won on the July course a couple of times earlier in his career.

“It is a Group One race so I think you have to respect every horse in there.”

Aidan O’Brien is double-handed with Mount Nelson, who is making his seasonal reappearance, and Derby second Eagle Mountain.

Regarding Mount Nelson, O’Brien told “He’s had a few hold-ups, nothing major but a series of niggling problems that seem to be sorted out now.

“I’m really happy with him, he has been working well and is ready to race.

“Eagle Mountain is in good form and I’m looking forward to running him. He should run a big race.

“I’m hoping the going won’t be too extreme but they both handle a little bit of cut in the ground and good to soft would be ideal.”

Pam Sly is seeking a fairytale ending to the career of last year’s 1000 Guineas winner Speciosa.

The four-year-old is almost certain to be retired to the paddocks after tomorrow’s race but she will at least have slightly more favourable ground than on most occasions this year.

“I think this will probably be her last race as she is worth so much as a broodmare,” said Sly.

“She just hasn’t had her ground this year. She loves to get her toe in and she proved at the Curragh, when she was only beaten two lengths by Peeping Fawn, that she still has all her old ability.

“It was firm ground in the Sun Chariot last time even though they said it was good to firm – I couldn’t even get my heel in.

“I walked the course on Wednesday with Micky Fenton and it was soft, but I suppose it will be drying out all the time.

“She loves it at Newmarket and I think 10 furlongs is her best trip. It would be great if she could sign off with a win.”

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