A plan enacted during the week and stuck with was the key to promising griffin Champion King taking the Chairmen's Day Plate (1,400m) yesterday. In the highlight of an otherwise forgettable day for jockey Douglas Whyte, the Peter Ho-trained Champion King steadied off the pace before overpowering favourite Toffee to reverse their last-start meeting behind Good Ba Ba. 'I'd watched his races, and with him being quite a big horse, too, thought that he might be overdoing it - putting too much in early and not finishing his race off,' Whyte explained. 'So we jumped him out of the gates during the week, put him in behind and when he popped out he really zipped. I said to Peter then that he had a real winning chance today if I could ride him the same way.' But when declarations came out, Ho was no longer convinced and suggested a change of tactics for yesterday's opening event. 'I give Peter his due, he'd done the homework and he said there was no speed, we should ride the horse forward again,' Whyte said. 'But my feeling was that I thought we'd found the key to him during the week and we shouldn't change and in the end he agreed.' So Champion King was ridden just off the speed rather than for the lead as he had been previously and after fighting Whyte briefly, he settled well. 'After a short time he spat the bit out and relaxed and then picked up strongly when I asked him,' Whyte said. 'He is a grinder but he also has that bit of dash that tells you he's going somewhere. I think he'll be even better at a mile.' Champion King is by a little-known stallion in Monolith, but the sire's credentials are impeccable from a bloodline point of view. A son of Danehill, Monolith is out of the smart race mare Significant Moment, who is a Bletchingly half-sister to another champion stallion in Zabeel. While Whyte's followers had a long day after the griffin event with several first or second favourites going down during the next nine races, the South African warned that form from the day may not turn out totally reliable. 'Actually I wasn't surprised to see Hip Hip Hooray win the last because he was coming off a dirt win and the track was quite loose on top today and was playing a bit like a dirt track,' he said. 'A number of my horses didn't really handle it.'