Sampeah was one of many talented two-year-olds’ blooded by Godolphin this season and is reportedly in exceptional condition head of his racing return in Saturday’s Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben Racecourse.
At one stage touted as a leading chance for success in the featured Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in late March, Sampeah has not been seen at the races since boxing on for a credible third in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) on March 14th; having pressed on from a luckless 8th in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) a fortnight prior.
Assistant to head Godolphin trainer John O’Shea, Darren Beadman is confident the Exceed And Excel colt will relish his brief freshen-up and is confident of a positive first-up result in the 2015 Champagne Classic.
“He was supposed to run at the Gold Coast the other day and he just had a little bit of a setback,” Beadman told Sky Racing HQ.
“He is over all of his little niggling problems, he worked with Knoydart and he held his own with the open class sprinter.
“He hasn’t had a run for a while, but he is not an overly big horse and he is quiet clean-winded.
“That gallop this morning just tuned him up nicely for the event.
“He has probably appreciated a little bit of a freshen-up and he is in good spirits.”
Debuting with an impressive run for success in the Tab.com.au Plate (1100m) on November 29th, Sampeah returned this year for a credible third behind Of The Brave and subsequent two-time Group 1 champion Pride Of Dubai in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) in what was his only other start prior to the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 14th.
Included amongst a list of 18 nominees on Monday, Sampeah is expected to be confirmed in a capacity 2015 Champagne Classic final field and barrier draw by midday, Wednesday.
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