Oxted set for Dream Ascot battle
July Cup winner Oxted will take on Sprint Cup hero Dream Of Dreams in a spectacular sprint showdown at Ascot on British Champions Day.
The Roger Teal-trained four-year-old missed the Haydock Group 1 won by the Sir Michael Stoute-trained speedster, but Teal is confident his charge will prove superior should the pair meet in the Group 1 Qipco Champion Sprint on 17th October.
"If the weather stays like it is I'd be very confident," Teal told the Racing Post. "Come mid-October it's likely to be wet, but I've said all along he's bred to go on soft ground.
"He's had two lesser runs on soft ground but I think we maybe read too much into that - he was weak last year. He's a big, strong horse this year. Ideally you'd want some sort of good in the ground, but we go there open-minded."
Teal was less open-minded about what would have happened had Oxted run at Haydock. He said: "If Oxted had turned up at Haydock in his best shape I think we'd have been thereabouts. I don't think Dream Of Dreams would have had it all his own way.
"He's done it well and he stays seven [furlongs] but we've won over seven as well. He did the job well on the day but I think if we were in the race it'd have made his case a lot harder."
On the setback that ruled Oxted out of the Sprint Cup, he added: "He seems fine now - he's over whatever it was - and he's back on track."
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