Vinery sire Myboycharlie (Ire) has Group 1 candidates in Australia, England & France this weekend and Charlie Boy ready to strike first in the G1 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
CHARLIE BOY won the G3 BTC Sprint at the same meeting last year before Boban beat him a lip in the G1 Doomben 10,000. He is raced by Triple Crown Syndications and they are doubled-handed with Mossman sprinter Dothraki at Doomben.
“It’s not often you’re fortunate enough to have a runner in a Group 1 race, let alone two, so we’re feeling pretty lucky at the moment,” Triple Crown director Chris Ward said. “Charlie Boy was in career-best form this time last year and he’s been going extremely well at home – it will probably come down to luck in running.”
EURO CHARLINE is set to begin the European phase of her latest campaign in the G1 Lockinge Stakes (1600m) at Newbury on Saturday.
The G1 Beverly D. Stakes heroine was most recently a tip-top second to Japanese raider Real Steel in the G1 Dubai Turf (G1) in March. “We’ve been pleased with her since then and she did a nice piece of work last weekend,” trainer Marco Botti said. “There are showers forecast but the plan is to run providing the ground is good.
“I thought it was a great performance in Dubai and there is no doubt she is stronger this year. We haven’t had any issues and the drop back to a mile is no problem. She has always had plenty of speed and Newbury is a big, galloping track, which will suit.”
Further plans call for Euro Charline to cross the Atlantic again with the Breeders’ Cup firmly in sight.
CAMPROCK continues her classic preparation at Deauville on Monday after a last-start victory in the G3 Prix Penelope (2100m). Trainer Pia Brandt was in two minds whether to give the unbeaten Myboycharlie filly another run before the French Oaks but has decided to go ahead and start her in the G1 Prix Saint-Alary (2000m).
The French Oaks (Prix de Diane) is scheduled for June 19 at Chantilly.
ROYAL SHAHEEN is another Myboycharlie ready to raise the bar in the G2 German 2000 Guineas (1600m) in Munich on Monday. He is trained by Andreas Wohler and won a Hoppegarten juvenile by 7 lengths in September before travelling to Milan for a heavy-track fourth in the G2 Gran Criterium.
Resuming this year as a long-odds on favourite in the Preis von Deauville, he was beaten three-quarters of a length by Baroncello (Medecis) and they will clash again on Monday.
Royal Shaheen is the 6th winner from Viola Royale (Royal Academy) and among them are the black-type winners St Andrews (LR Newmarket Ben Marshall Stakes) and Meleagros (G3 Prix d’Hedouville).