Battaash Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Connections of Battaash are hoping the gelding is back to his brilliant best, after he put some top class sprinters readily to the sword in the Temple Stakes.

Having had a wind operation, the Charlie Hills-trained five-year-old proved far too good for fellow Group One winners Alpha Delphini and Mabs Cross — while all-weather star Kachy could not lay a glove on him either at Haydock on Saturday.

Battaash looks set to take on Godolphin’s Blue Point, last year’s winner of the King’s Stand, back at Royal Ascot next month — with Mabs Cross and Alpha Delphini again in opposition.

“His ability has never been in question, but it is always nice to see,” said owner Hamdan Al Maktoum’s racing manager Angus Gold.

“He’s had quite a lot of problems that I don’t think many people have latched on to. He doesn’t have the best of knees, and I’m sure that’s part of the reason he’s got beaten before now.

 “He puts a hell of a lot into his races even when he looks to win impressively, and I’m sure it takes a lot out of him.

“It was nice to see him come back, and now we’ve got to get him to Ascot in the same shape.”

Gold added: “We’ll get through Ascot and see where we go, but obviously Goodwood would be high on the list with the Abbaye (at ParisLongchamp) as well — and then there’s talk of going to Ireland in between for the Flying Five on Champions Weekend.

“With a horse like him, you just take one race at a time, though.

“He’s only five and he’s a gelding, so hopefully there’s a few more years left in him if his legs hold up and we need to keep him mentally sweet.”