MYBOYCHARLIE 2yo Charles In Charge kick started his career with an impressive win at Sandown-Hillside only days before leading Golden Slipper chance, Charlie Boy, is scheduled to return in the ATC Silver Slipper Stakes Gr.2(1200m) in Sydney this Saturday.
The Anthony Freedman trained gelding was sent out as the $3.30 favourite in today’s MRC Mitavite Handicap (1100m) on the strength of his polished 2-lens trial win at Werribee earlier in the month.
Ridden by champion jockey Craig Williams, Charles In Charge travelled sweetly on the fence in third for the most part, railing up to issue his challenge for the lead as the field swung for home.
The colt took over passing the 300m, dashing clear a furlong out holding his rivals at bay with 1.3-lens to spare.
“He’s a lovely horse,” Williams said. “I liked what he did at Werribee at the barrier trials and he brought that to the races today. He’s got a nice future we think.”
Charles In Charge is Myboycharlie’s fourth individual first crop winner in Australasia joining the stakes-placed Charlestown (2nd G2 Challenge Stakes), Golden Slipper hopeful Charlie Boy and the dominant debut Canberra winner Chasing Charlie.
Charles In Charge’s dam, Gloravega (by Honour and Glory) was runner-up in the Listed WATC NJ Way Stakes in Perth while grand-dam, Terevega, won two stakes races in WA including the Gimcrack Stakes for two-year-olds.
Charles In Charge was sold for $50,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s prestigious Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill will mark the return to racing of local colt Charlie Boy who remains one of the leading contenders for the $3.5 AAMI Golden Slipper on April 6.
The Gerald Ryan trained colt was set aside after an easy debut win at Rosehill on November 17 with connections choosing to by-pass the Magic Millions with an eye to the Golden Slipper.
Charlie Boy’s Silver Slipper preparations were topped off with a brilliant 3.5-lens trial win on February 19 ahead of a dashing early morning gallop on Tuesday which saw a flood of new money for the colt as punters sort out their Golden Slipper fancies.
“Charlie Boy is clearly our worst way in the Golden Slipper,” the TAB’s Matt Jenkins said. “He firmed from $26 to $17 and then we tightened him again to $15 yesterday on the back of more support. There seems to be a lot of hype around him.”
Buyers will have six opportunities to secure themselves a Myboycharlie yearling at next week’s 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction.