The Corsican (4c Galileo-Walklikeanegyptian, by Danehill) booked his place in the G1 Champion Stakes at Ascot on October 17 with a smooth victory in the G3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
The Galileo colt, home-bred by Fitri Hay, endured a troubled passage when finishing second on his previous start in the G3 Glorious Stakes at Goodwood in July but had no trouble this time in scoring by a length and a half for Jamie Spencer.
Winning trainer David Simcock said: “We were a bit disappointed with The Corsican at Goodwood but I wasn’t going to blame the jockey in any sort of way – it just happens there. This was the next alternative and he was quite a fresh horse today with the gap but he has done it very well.”
“The Champion Stakes is the likely target. There is no question at all in my mind that he is better over a mile and a quarter and Jamie said that he was treading water for the last half-furlong today.”
Spencer added: “The Corsican won today despite the ground. I rode him in work last weekend and was pleasantly surprised with how good he was.
“All week I have been worrying about the ground but David said he was going to run him regardless today because, if he wanted to go for the Champion Stakes, he wanted to get a run into him. He’s a good horse but I can’t emphasise how much he wants faster ground.”