Champions Day: Andrew Balding eyeing Elm Park success at Ascot

Champions Day
Ascot will host the fifth British Champions Day on Saturday, a race which marks the end of the flat season

Trainer Andrew Balding says Kingsclere-bred horse Elm Park is in fine form ahead of Ascot's Champions Day.

Elm Park is expected to feature in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes over a mile in the fifth running of Britain's richest raceday.

He won his first race as a three-year-old ahead of second-favourite Gabrial at Sandown on 16 September.

"I am really pleased with the way he is working and I think he will run a big race," Balding said.

Elm Park spent three months away from the track after suffering an injury at Epsom in June.

"He looked back to his best," the 42-year-old told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"He is in fine form. I am looking forward to seeing him going again with a bit of give in the ground."

Balding attended the Tattersalls auctions in Newmarket on Tuesday ahead of Champions Day alongside other trainers including Clive Cox, with one eye on the long-term future.

"Of course Champions Day is approaching but it is also the time to restock and try and buy future champions," Balding, the brother of former jockey and now BBC broadcaster Clare, added.

"It is just like the transfer window, it is important to get new players in."

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