High hopes for Headman in Irish Champion

Roger Charlton Considers the track in Leopardstown will Perform into the strengths of Headman week If he makes his Group One debut on Saturday in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes.

The boy of Kingman will bid to boost his innovative profile by listing a consecutive achievement.
Landing a Group Two in his first start in Pattern-race business the Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old followed up at exactly the same level when demonstrating a great turn of foot at Deauville on his most recent outing.
Charlton – that won the Irish Champion two decades back with Decorated Knight – said:”It’s a huge jump up in class, however I’ve been pleased with this horse.
“It is actually the only real race to operate in because there aren’t any longer three-year-old-only races and having won 2 Group Twos there is not any point giving away weight in another Group Two.
“I don’t think both of the French races appropriate him. I think also the type of the race and that the course will probably fit him better and that I think there is a surface that is faster what he desires.
“I presume there will also be a better pace and they won’t go just as they did in France last time out. He’s a long-striding horse and you also do not need to be violating that stride.”
Had the race has been run to match Headman on his last start, the Beckhampton handler believes his margin of a head would have been greater.
He added:”It had been very tactical in France last time out and those things occur in early races.
“Nothing in that race’d actually made the running before and we understood there was a lack of speed and that he missed the rest just a little bit, that did not help him.
“I believe to get an inexperienced horse he did well to emerge out of where he was, since the race quickened in front of him. If they had gone fast from the French race over the previous day he’d have won by several lengths”
No matter the lead to Ireland, the Classic-winning handler is confident Headman is going to be observed to effect that is better next season.
He said:”I believe this horse is one for the long run and I’m sure he’ll keep advancing. I believe he’ll be better .
“I would not want to go farther than a mile and a quarter right now, as he’s got plenty of speed and is bred for a mile-and-a-quarter horse”

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