Shalaa ‘impressing everyone’

Connections of the long-absent Shalaa have issued a highly encouraging update on his well-being ahead of his intended return to action at Ascot next month.

Shalaa: Ready to return at Ascot

One of last season's leading juveniles after claiming successive Group One victories in the Prix Morny and the Middle Park Stakes, the Invincible Spirit colt has yet to be seen in competitive action as a three-year-old having suffered a pelvic injury earlier in the campaign.

After having spent time recuperating at the National Stud in Newmarket, Shalaa returned to trainer John Gosden earlier in the summer and is firmly on course to make his belated comeback in the Qipco British Champions Sprint on October 15.

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Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Al Shaqab Racing, said: "He's progressing nicely and is getting fitter by the day.

"As things stand, he's on course for the big sprint on Champions Day. If things were remotely not right then he obviously wouldn't go, but John is very happy with him at the moment and I know he's impressing everyone around him, so fingers crossed it stays that way.

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"He is the most amazing physical specimen. It's remarkable how well he looks considering the injury he has had to come back from.

"We couldn't be happier with everything he's doing, he's in very capable hands and with a bit of luck and a fair wind, we'll get to Ascot with him."

Shalaa can be backed at 12/1 in Sky Bet's ante-post market on the Champions Sprint, for which flying fillies Mecca's Angel and Quiet Reflection head the betting at 4/1.

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