High hopes for Headman in Irish Champion

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

By listing a fourth success in the trophy, for Kingman’s boy will bid to boost his profile that is progressive.
Landing a Group Two at Saint-Cloud in June on his first start at company, the Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old followed at exactly the identical level when demonstrating a fantastic turn of foot on his latest outing.
Charlton – who won the Champion two decades ago with Decorated Knight – stated:”It is a big jump up in class, however I’ve been pleased with all the horse.
“It is really the only real race to run in as there are no longer three-year-old-only races and won two Group Twos there is no use giving weight away in another Group Two.
“I do not think both of the French races appropriate him. I think the course and the fashion of the race will fit him better and that I think a quicker surface is exactly what he needs.
“I assume there will also be a better rate and they will not go like they did in France last time out. He’s a long-striding horse and you also do not want to be violating that stride.”
Had the race been run to match Headman on his final start, the Beckhampton handler feels his margin of a mind would have been considerably greater.
He added:”It had been very tactical in France last time out and all these things happen in French races.
“Nothing in that race’d really left the running earlier and we understood there was a lack of pace and he missed the break just a tiny bit, that didn’t assist him.
“I think to get an inexperienced horse that he did well to emerge from where he was, as the race quickened facing him. If they’d gone fast in the early race on the last day he’d have won by a few lengths”
No matter the result in Ireland, the Classic-winning handler is confident Headman is going to be observed to better effect next year.
He said:”I believe that horse is one for the long run and I’m sure he will keep advancing. I think he will be better next year.
“I would not need to go further than a mile and a quarter at the moment, as he’s plenty of rate and is bred for a mile-and-a-quarter horse”