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High hopes for Headman in Irish Champion

Roger Charlton Considers the track in Leopardstown will Perform to the Advantages of Headman week when he makes his Group One Introduction on Saturday in the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes.

By listing a straight achievement in the trophy, for which he is a top-priced 7-1 Kingman’s son will likely bid to boost his profile that is progressive.
Landing a Group Two at Saint-Cloud in June in his first start in Pattern-race business, the Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old followed at precisely exactly the identical level when showing a fantastic turn of foot at Deauville on his most recent outing.
Charlton – that won the Irish Champion two years back with Decorated Knight – stated:”It is a big jump up in class, however I’ve been delighted with the horse.
“It is truly the only real race to operate in as there aren’t any more three-year-old-only races and won two Group Twos that there is no point giving weight away in another Group Two.
“I don’t think either of the French races suited him. I believe also the type of the race and that the course will probably suit him better and I think there is a surface what he desires.
“I presume there are also a better rate and they won’t go like they did in France last time out. He is a long-striding horse and you do not wish to be violating that stride.”
Had the race run to match Headman on his last start, the Beckhampton handler believes his margin of a mind could have been considerably greater.
He further added:”It was very tactical in France out time and all these things occur in French races.
“Nothing in that race’d actually left the running before and we understood there was a lack of pace and he just missed the rest a small bit, which didn’t help him.
“I think for an inexperienced horse he did well to come out of where he had been, as the race quickened in front of him. If they had gone fast from the early race on the last day he’d have won by several lengths”
No matter the lead to Ireland, the Classic-winning handler is confident Headman will be viewed to better effect next season.
He said:”I believe that horse is just one for the future and I am sure he will keep advancing. I think he will be better next year.
“I wouldn’t need to go further than a mile and a quarter right now, as he has got plenty of rate and is bred for a mile-and-a-quarter horse”