Headman shows late dash to score at Deauville

Irish Champion Stakes to be considered if ground is suitable

  • Thursday 15 August
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Headman showed an impressive turn of foot to snatch victory in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano at Deauville.

The highly-progressive three-year-old colt, trained by Roger Charlton and owned by Khalid Abdullah, got up in the shadow of the post to collar Roman Candle by a head after coming from last to first in a slowly-run affair.

Sent off the 8-15 favourite in a field of five to supplement his previous Group Two victory at Saint-Cloud seven weeks ago, Headman did not get the best of starts.

After a little fly-jump out of the stalls, jockey Jason Watson felt it best to keep him relaxed at the rear as Talk Or Listen took the quintet along at a modest pace.

Headman was still last well into the straight but was produced to challenge on the outside and nail the Godolphin-owned Roman Candle, trained by Andre Fabre, close home.

Charlton said: “I thought it was a very good performance under the circumstances because they went very, very slowly and the ground was soft.

“That was against him and he overcame those things and won like a good horse.

“I think it will depend on the ground (where he goes), but if the ground was fast the Irish Champion Stakes would be considered.”

Headman shows late dash to score at Deauville

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