Charles up for the Challenge
Last Updated: 08/08/14 9:48am
Sylvester Kirk feels it is worth stepping Charles Camoin back up in trip to a mile and a half for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Challenge to chase some of the good prize-money on offer.
While Kirk's stable stalwart has shown his best form over 10 furlongs, two of his five career wins have been at Ascot so he at least has course form in his favour.
His last run over this trip came last September, when he was not beaten too far by the classy Gospel Choir at Goodwood.
This time he will have the assistance of Yuichi Fukunaga, riding for the Rest of the World team, in the saddle.
Kirk said: "A mile and a quarter is probably his ideal trip, but £40,000 for a 0-95 handicap is not to be sniffed at and it's worth taking the chance on him getting the mile and half.
"If he does stay, then hopefully he has every chance, so we'll see how we go.
"We've got the Japanese jockey on board so with my accent and his that should be an interesting conversation in the parade ring!
"I'll have to have a look and see what the Japanese is for 'hold him up as long as you can'."
Andrew Balding's Communicator, ridden by Dutchman Adrie de Vries, is top weight, with the draw curiously pairing Richard Hannon and Richard Hughes together with Viewpoint.