Indian Haven Works Toward an Appearance in the Champion Stakes

Paul D'Arcy's stable star, Irish Two Thousand Guineas winner Indian Haven (Ire-I), worked on the Rowley Mile this morning and the trainer reported him to be in top form ahead of his next intended target, the £400,000 Emirates Airline Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket on Oct. 18.

Indian Haven, a 3-year-old son of Indian Ridge, has not been seen out since running disappointingly in the St James' Palace Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot back in June, when he finished last behind Zafeen.

D'Arcy said Wednesday, "Indian Haven worked just up to the two-furlong marker on the Rowley Mile course--we started pulling up there to ensure that we didn't run out of watered ground. The going on the racecourse is perfect; I wanted to let him have an exercise gallop on a really good surface, and I'm very pleased with him. The plan will be to tackle the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes a week on Saturday."

The Newmarket trainer must be hoping for a clear run when Indian Haven takes his place in the line up on Oct. 18, as twice this season his horse has been hampered so badly as to lose any chance of winning. However, as he showed in the Two Thousand Guineas, when he doesn't encounter traffic problems he has an excellent turn of foot and could pose a big threat to the principals. He's still a relatively unexposed horse, having only run four times this season.