The highly-progressive three-year-old colt, trained by Roger Charlton and owned by Khalid Abdullah, got up in the shadow of the post to collar Roman Candle by a head after coming from last to first in a slowly-run affair.
HEADMAN sticks to the task well to claim victory the (Group 2) Prix Guillaume d’Ornano, despite a slow break from the stalls.— Timeform Live (@TimeformLive) August 15, 2019
That's his second successive Group 2 win on the bounce for @RogerCharlton and @Jason7Watson1!
After a little fly-jump out of the stalls, jockey Jason Watson felt it best to keep him relaxed at the rear as Talk Or Listen took the quintet along at a modest pace.
Headman was still last well into the straight but was produced to challenge on the outside and nail the Godolphin-owned Roman Candle, trained by Andre Fabre, close home.
Charlton said: "I thought it was a very good performance under the circumstances because they went very, very slowly and the ground was soft.
"That was against him and he overcame those things and won like a good horse.
"I think it will depend on the ground (where he goes), but if the ground was fast the Irish Champion Stakes would be considered."