x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Workforce is go if ground is suitable

Workforce is ready for the King George IV and Queen Elizabeth Stakes as long as the ground is suitable.

Workforce is an intended runner in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, a Group 1 race at Ascot in England next weekend, as long as the ground is suitable.

Last year's Epsom Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner - owned by Khalid Abdullah, the Saudi prince - badly disappointed in the race last year, and there had been rumblings he could miss this season's renewal following his narrow defeat to So You Think in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown.

However, Teddy Grimthorpe, the racing manager at Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms, reiterated that Sir Michael Stoute's colt will be in the line-up if there is sufficient give in the ground.

"He's an intended runner if the ground is all right," Grimthorpe said. "We have no worries taking him back there.

"He's come out of Sandown very well.

"Physically, he has developed pretty well - and he's had two races - so I can't think of a good reason why we wouldn't go."

Juddmonte Farms would have an able deputy in Midday if Workforce were prevented from running.

"I always said that if for any reason Workforce didn't go, it could be an option for Midday," Grimthorpe told At The Races.

"Henry [Cecil] would like to consider it, but if Workforce ran she would go for the Nassau.

"Her run in Ireland puzzled us a bit, maybe she doesn't like the Curragh."