Longchamp ready to star for Tavistock through winter

21 May 2017

Longchamp, a stakes-performed son of Cambridge Stud stallion Tavistock, is moving impressively through his paces ahead of his winter campaign.

Unraced since he was unplaced in the Gr.1 Telegraph at Trentham in January, the lightly-tried Wairarapa galloper is making pleasing progress toward his return to racing.

"He's probably a couple of weeks away from a trial or a jump-out and then we'll look for a race for him," trainer Andrew Campbell said.

"He's looking good and we'll make a call on what we set him for after his first race."

Longchamp has won six of his 19 starts and last winter he was successful in the Listed Opunake Cup and finished fifth in the Gr.2 Foxbridge Plate before he was a close fourth behind Kawi in the Gr.1 Makfi Challenge Stakes.

"We'll look at all the options and races like the Opunake Cup and the Winter Cup," Campbell said.

"He's a very good galloper and with his issues all he needs is the fire out of the ground."

Longchamp will always hold sentiment for Campbell as he was the first winner for Tavistock, whom hes also trained for Group One victories in the Mudgway Partsworld Stakes and the Waikato Draught Sprint. - NZ Racing Desk