High-class Irish filly Alexander Goldrun will be out to redeem her reputation in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow.
Jim Bolger’s multiple Group One winner was beaten into third when odds-on for the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp last time, but had previously chased home Motivator and Oratorio in the Irish Champion Stakes.
However, the four-year-old has bounced back from her French disappointment according to her trainer, who said: “She was a little bit quiet but has picked up well in the last week.
“I would be optimistic she would run a good race and if we get good ground we would be happy.”
Celebration Mile winner Chic will bid for her first elusive Group One victory when tackling the 10-furlong trip for the first time.
Michael Stoute’s mare was a disappointing fifth in the Sun Chariot Stakes last time out when she raced on the slower ground down the centre of the track.
Chris Richardson, for the owners the Cheveley Park Stud, told At The Races: “She’s such a game horse but she’s never had the best of fortunes.
“The difficulty is the trip and we’ve also had a lot of rain but she’s in very good form and we’ll keep our fingers crossed she can put up a brave performance.”
Barry Hills, who has won two of the last three runnings of the Champion Stakes with Storming Home and Haafhd, saddles the outsider Whazzat this time.
Charlie Hills, his son and assistant, said: “She was a long time off the track and ran very fresh on her return at Haydock last month and got tired in the last two furlongs.
“She’s had her problems but seems to be moving well now and we feel we’ve got nothing to lose by running her.
“Her breeding suggests the trip should suit.”
Godolphin run both Layman and Echo Of Light with Frankie Dettori opting to ride the first-named with Ted Durcan aboard the latter.
Layman also steps up to 10 furlongs for the first time after disappointing on his latest start when sixth in the Celebration Mile at Goodwood in August.
The colt had shown himself in fine form on his previous start when comfortably landing the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury.
Echo Of Light takes a massive hike up in class for his sixth career start.
The three-year-old son of Dubai Millennium was the impressive eight-length winner of a Yarmouth maiden before running away with a Doncaster conditions event at the St Leger meeting.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor, told www.godolphin.com: “I am happy with Layman who is very well, while Echo Of Light has won his last two races and is in good form.
“The Champion Stakes is a very tough race but we wanted to give them a chance at this level.”
David Junior is a big-priced runner but his trainer Brian Meehan is nevertheless hopeful of a bold show from the 33-1 shot.
“He’s a nice horse and deserves to take his chance,” he said.
“He’s come out of his Goodwood win really well. The ground will probably be on the slow side of good which should be fine.
“He’s a very nice horse and very progressive. He’s strong and he’s well and he’s in very good shape.”