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TESTING TIME FOR CHARLTON; BEST OF THE REST.

Byline: GARY NUTTING

ROGER CHARLTON has his fingers crossed for better weather to allow Time Test to go for the Eclipse in a fortnight.

The four-year-old, who showed his liking for Sandown's 10 furlongs by winning the Brigadier Gerard last month, missed a good opportunity at Royal Ascot when withdrawn from the Prince of Wales's due to soft ground.

The colt had been a wellsupported second favourite to A Shin Hikari in the ante-post markets yet the Japanese raider, who went off at odds-on, blew his chance by pulling much too hard and finished last of the six runners. Although there is a sense of 'what might have been' in the Charlton camp, the trainer (below) knows he has done the right thing for Time Test's long-term future.

"He's definitely a better horse on quicker ground and as we're keen to win a Group 1 race with him, it's best if we wait for conditions to come right again," he said.

"The only previous time he's contested that level he ran well to be a close fourth in the Juddmonte International at York, where we feel the muddling pace and softish ground didn't help him.

"He showed in the Brigadier Gerard how effective he is coming off a stronger pace on faster ground, and hopefully we will get a similar scenario in the Eclipse."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 19, 2016
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