Noble possible for Paris Mission
Last Updated: 24/06/14 2:50pm
Lady Jane Cecil is keen to run Noble Mission in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud this weekend, but only if the ground is in his favour.
Before this season the five-year-old was best known as Frankel's brother, but successive wins in the Gordon Richards Stakes, the Huxley Stakes and the Tattersalls Gold Cup have seen him earn headlines in his own right.
Those three wins all came on soft ground and while Cecil feels he does not need it to be seen at his best, she feels it inconveniences others enough for it to be a part of his success.
"It's too early to say if he'll run yet," said Cecil.
"I believe rain is forecast and the first forfeit stage isn't until tomorrow, so we'll see what the ground is like tomorrow first.
"Soft ground isn't essential for him, but it helps him and inconveniences the others.
"We're giving the race lots of consideration as he's in very good form and his last few races (defeats of Telescope and Magician) could hardly have worked out better.
"We'll just see what the weather does - it's hard to make a decision this early in the week.
"He's in the King George and is well entered up in all races over 10 furlongs and a mile and a half, so we'll just try to find the best opening for him."reopens Noble Mission's owner Khalid Abdullah has another possible for the race in Flintshire.Trained in France by Andre Fabre, the four-year-old made a pleasing seasonal debut when second to Cirrus Des Aigles in the Coronation Cup at Epsom earlier this month.However, the son of Dansili needs quick ground to be at his best."He just took a while to come to himself in the spring. He was a little more backward. He got stuck in the mud at Longchamp in the Arc," Abdullah's racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe told At The Races."He has a fast-ground action. To show his best he'll need good or faster ground."We were delighted with his run at Epsom behind Cirrus des Aigles. He had a really good blow afterwards. I would hope that has set him up for this race and then, all being well, we'll look at something like the King George."