Drop in class should pay for Champlain

Champlain can rebuild his tarnished reputation by winning the race of the day at Pontefract.

Champlain can rebuild his tarnished reputation by winning the race of the day at Pontefract.

Having finished fourth on his debut at Newbury, Michael Jarvis' colt looked a Group horse in the making when winning the seven-furlong Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Sheikh Mohammed-owned juvenile quickened with authoritative ease when asked by Philip Robinson and won going away to suggest a mile would easily be within his capabilities.

But things went wrong on his return in the Group Two Superlative Stakes when he came home last behind Halicarnassus - despite being sent off the 13-8 favourite.

Champlain showed flickers of his true form next time out, however, when he finished fourth in the Group Two Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes.

Although he proved a mile - as expected on his breeding - was not a problem, there was still a sense he did not fire on all cylinders and should be seen in a better light dropping down to Listed class in the totesport.com Silver Tankard Stakes.

Jarvis already has an outstanding 60% strike-rate at Pontefract this term and looks to have found a good opportunity for his colt to bag some more morale-boosting black type. Geojimali won many new admirers after winning the Ayr Silver Cup and is a danger to all in the totequadpot Handicap.

Having started the season in Banded company, Jim Goldie's charge has made remarkable improvement which culminated in a rousing head success from Zomerlust at Ayr.

Versatile on any ground, he clearly gets on well with the underrated Saleem Golam and is not likely to be inconvenienced dropping down to the minimum trip.

Peter Chapple-Hyam's Victor Trumper holds all the aces in the Arena Leisure PLC Nursery at Windsor.

Connections bypassed the Listed race at Pontefract in favour of a crack at this extended one-mile heat.

Chapple-Hyam holds this juvenile in high esteem and expected far better on his debut at Warwick when he missed the break and finished last.

He made no mistake last time out when winning at generous odds over seven furlongs at the same track.

Stepping up to a mile seems logical on that evidence and he should do himself justice once again.

Abhisheka can defy a 6lb penalty in the Linden Homes Handicap.

This beautifully-bred filly turned a decent Newbury handicap into a procession earlier in the month and looks another Godolphin inmate open to any amount of improvement.

Today's saraband selections

plumpton: 2.10 Basic Fact, 2.40 Take The Stand, 3.10 Nikolaiev, 3.40 Missyl, 4.10 Paulo Dancer, 4.40 Presenting Express, 5.10 Mister Pink.

PONTEFRACT: 2.20 Foxxy, 2.50 Trans Sonic, 3.20 Geojimali, 3.50 Champlain (nap), 4.20 Esprit De Corps, 4.50 Giant Slalom, 5.20 Multitude.

WINDSOR: 2.00 Kyle, 2.30 Miss Hoolie, 3.00 Distant Flash, 3.30 Abhisheka, 4.00 Victor Trumper, 4.30 Intersky Music, 5.00 Forces Sweetheart, 5.30 Ashes Regained.

DOUBLE: Champlain and Geojimali.


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