My Prospero has impressed trainer William Haggas ahead of Champion Stakes

William Haggas believes My Prospero could be a bit of a surprise package in Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes at Ascot, if the ground isn't too soft.

All the race attention is on Haggas' star Baaeed, but the Somerville Lodge handler also runs My Prospero and last year's runner-up Dubai Honour.

He admits Dubai Honour might need a bit more rain to really mount a challenge, but My Prospero has impressed him recently.

"Dubai Honour was second in the Champion last year. The softer the ground, the better, it's probably not going to be soft enough for him," said Haggas.

"He's a good horse in his own right, he's going well, he's going to have cheekpieces on. I think he'll run well, James Doyle is going to ride him and he gets a good tune out of him.

"The interesting one and the one with potential is My Prospero. He is owned by Mrs Tsui and by Sea The Stars, she's very keen for Baaeed to do very well (as he is a son of the stallion).

"He's a very talented horse. Unfortunately, when he won the Group Two in France, after the line he slipped over and had a crash with another runner that also slipped over.

"He's taken a long time to come right but he's right now. Tom (Marquand) rode him on Tuesday in a piece of work that impressed both of us. He probably wouldn't want the ground too soft."

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