Trainer Aidan O'Brien walked the track at Ascot this afternoon ahead of QIPCO British Champions Day tomorrow, as he mulls over whether or not to run Gleneagles in the £1.1m Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Sponsored by QIPCO (2.30pm).
Ireland's champion trainer commented: "The ground is not perfect at the moment, but we will take Gleneagles to the races and see how it rides in the first few races tomorrow. Obviously, we would love to run but want to do what is right by the horse.
"It is very close to good ground in parts today. There are parts that are a bit slow at the moment but we will see how things are tomorrow.
"The ground is not far away from where it needs to be for him to run. You would hope it might tighten up a bit before his race tomorrow. A millimetre of rain though would be too much. After Ryan (Moore) has ridden on it tomorrow, he will know what it is like - he will know straight away. The times will tell us a lot as well.
"When I walked the course, there are strips that are good and strips that are a bit slow at the moment. From the three furlong pole to the furlong pole is where it is quicker.
"The horse has always come first and we want to be fair to him. If it doesn't rain, there is no heavy dew and when the lads have ridden on it and say it is good ground or better, especially Ryan, then we might take our chance. It's a close call - if the ground starts shifting and breaking off the top, we are going to be in trouble."