Crisford's hoping for soft ground at Ascot as they take aim at QEII with Century Dream

MUDLARK Century Dream will try to put his Leopardstown blip behind him at Ascot next month.

The six-year-old could only manage fifth place when well-fancied for the Boomerang Stakes on Saturday.

But Ed Crisford, co-trainer alongside his dad Simon, blamed the drying ground for his below-par effort at the weekend.

The entire will now be prepared for the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day, for which he is a 16-1 chance with Betway.

Crisford said: "I think the ground was a bit quick at Leopardstown and they went strong enough up front.

"The ground was probably a bit quick for him, but he's come back fine and I think we'll just head to the QEII on hopefully softer ground."

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Another of the stable's leading lights A'Ali was sent off favourite in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

But the plug has been pulled on his campaign after he bombed out badly, finishing last of the 14-strong field.

Crisford said: "He was disappointing – he looked a bit flat and a bit lethargic.

"We'll just see how he is this week before we make any further plans, I think.

"When they run too bad to be true, we need to put the horse first and see how he comes out of it."

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