David Egan Jumps Back On Mishriff For Champion Stakes


Young rider David Egan is set to jump back on Mishriff for the British Champion Stakes next month after missing the colt’s two big wins in France this year.

The three year old has exceeded expectations this term being unbeaten on all three of his starts to date, starting in the Listed Newmarket Stakes where he saw off his highly touted stablemate Waldkonig.

He then stepped up to the French Derby at Chantilly and he landed the event in fine style, pulling away from a talented field to take the first Group One of his career.

Gosden went with the approach that if its not broke, don't fix it and he sent him back to France for the Group Two Prix Guillaume daEUR and although only a small field took to post he landed the spoils nicely.

The yard and his connections are dreaming of more big race glory on October 17th where he will head to Ascot after being withdrawn from the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe field.

After Egan has missed out on Mishriff's best days this season, he will be looking to make his own memories on the horse on British Champions Day.

(Credit ATR) Egan said: “I’m retained by Prince Faisal (owner), and so I want his horses to do as well as they can, whether I’m the one riding them or not.

“I was over the moon watching Mishriff win the French Derby, thinking I’d be able to ride him next time, and then it was just unfortunate I couldn’t get back on him at Deauville. But I’ve had some good days on him, and hopefully there will be many more.”

Egan used to be the third choice on board the Group One winner but having rose through the ranks over the last few years he has now got his big chance with these types of horses.

He added: “I rode Mishriff for the first time when he won by 10 lengths at Nottingham last year, and then I was on him again when he was a good second in the Saudi Derby – when he made up a lot of ground in the straight after being a bit slow out of the gates.

“When we went to Newmarket in June most people seemed to be expecting his stable-mate Waldkonig to win, but Mishriff showed he was still improving by winning really well.

“He’s gone on improving since, and it’s been great to see. It’s a privilege to ride him.

“He’s so straightforward and he really tries for you. He’s got a very low head carriage and he just eats up the ground. He’s gone on good going, he’s gone on bottomless ground and he’s gone on dirt, so he’s very genuine and versatile.”