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Sunday, May 21 2017

Black type winner Longchamp is moving impressively through his paces ahead of his winter campaign.

Longchamp - Trish Dunell

Unraced since he was unplaced in the Gr.1 Telegraph at Trentham in January, the lightly-tried son of Tavistock 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 a special place in his heart as he was the first winner for Tavistock, who was also trained by Campbell for Group One victories in the Mudgway Partsworld Stakes and the Waikato Draught Sprint.

He is also looking forward to the return to racing of the promising youngster Waldorf, a winner earlier this season and runner-up in the Listed Wellesley Stakes.

"He got badly galloped on soon after they jumped in the Karaka Million and it was touch and go with him for a while," Campbell said.

"I might look for a late two-year-old race for him and then maybe the Wanganui Guineas. I think he's a pretty smart horse."

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