Longchamp on track for Opunake Cup defence Mon, 17 Jul 2017

Richard Edmunds
Longchamp was an impressive winner of last year's Opunake Cup.
Longchamp was an impressive winner of last year's Opunake Cup.
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Trainer Andrew Campbell is delighted with Longchamp’s condition as he prepares to defend his title in Saturday’s $65,000 Listed Opunake Cup at New Plymouth.

The son of Tavistock was a dominant winner of last year’s race, beating North And South and Taurus by two and a half lengths with apprentice Timothy Johnson in the saddle.

Longchamp went on to compete at an even higher level in the spring, finishing fifth in the Gr. 2 Foxbridge Plate and fourth in the Gr. 1 Makfi Challenge Stakes.

Turned out after an unplaced run in the Gr. 1 Telegraph in January, Longchamp has returned to competition with placings behind New York Minute and Dolcetto.

“I’m really happy with him,” Campbell told www.theinformant.co.nz this afternoon. “He’s probably the soundest he’s ever been. His work’s been super and he’s come on really nicely since his second at Palmy (to Dolcetto) the other day.

“Johnathan Parkes has been on him for both of his starts in this preparation and he’s keen to stick with the ship, which is always good, so he’s got the ride again on Saturday.”