MYBOYCHARLIE filly Euro Charline, a recent winner of the Grade 1 Beverley D Stakes, is to tackle next month’s Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup in Kentucky on her way to the the Breeders’ Cup and a potential Eclipse Award.
In light of her barnstorming entrance on to the USA racing scene, world renowned pedigree analyst Alan Porter penned a fascinating insight into Euro Charline’s young up and coming global sire, Myboycharlie.
One of the great sires of the late 20th century, Danehill, sired a legion of exceptional colts, many of whom have gone on to be exceptional sires. Thus, his banner has been upheld by such as Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur, Fastnet Rock, Exceed And Excel, Dansili, Danehill Dancer, and Rock of Gibraltar. All were champions/highweights during their racing careers, and all of whom have achieved further distinction as stallions. The latest grade I winner from the Danehill line, however, descends via a stallion son that never captured a stakes, and died when just 11-years-old.
That horse, Danetime—a stable companion of the year older Danehill Dancer—won a six-furlong maiden in three starts at 2. Although unplaced in his first three starts at 3 in 1997, Danetime became the subject of a significant gamble in the all-aged Wokingham Handicap at Royal Ascot, starting as favorite in a 30-horse field. Despite a less than inspired ride by Gary Stevens, Danetime came within a head of taking the six-furlong test, despite being at least seven lengths behind the leaders with a furlong to run.
Danetime remained in handicap company for his next two starts, defeating Elnadim over six furlongs at Newmarket and taking the Stewards Cup at Goodwood over the same trip. Given a chance in pattern race company, Danetime underlined his merits by ending his second season with a second (dq’d to third) to the top-class 4-year-old Royal Applause in the Haydock Park Sprint Cup (Eng-I).
Remaining in training at 4, Danetime never quite fulfilled the promise he’d shown the previous year. Five starts failed to yield a win, and his best efforts were thirds in the Darley July Cup (Eng-I)—won by Elnadim—the Duke of York BNY International Stakes (Eng-III), and Equity Financial Services Abernant Stakes.
Without a black-type win to his name and with a modest female family, Danetime retired to stand relatively cheaply at Tally-Ho Stud, Co. Westmeath, Ireland, also shuttling to Alwyn Park Stud in Western Australia. Despite his early demise and despite covering, especially in his early seasons, a group of mares with distinctly modest credentials, Danetime sired 22 Northern Hemisphere stakes winners. They included Bushranger, successful in the 2008 Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) and Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I), and highweighted 2-year-old male in England and France; Myboycharlie, who earned honors as highweighted French 2-year-old male with a win in the Prix Morny; and 10 other group winners. Danetime also excelled in Australia, with three crops, again from relatively undistinguished mares, providing 10 stakes winners, eight of them group, headed by group I winner Megatic.
Remarkably, five of Danetime’s sons have already sired stakes winners, and on Aug. 16, Myboycharlie, already sire of a group I winner in the Southern Hemisphere, matched that feat with a member of his first European crop, when 3-year-old filly Euro Charline held off older grade I winner Stephanie’s Kitten to take the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International.
Euro Charline, who has now transferred to the barn of Todd Pletcher, had only captured the first black-type contest of her career three weeks earlier when taking the Woodcote Stud E.B.F. Stallions Valiant Stakes at Ascot.
She had, however, given plentiful indications of her talent on her previous outings this year, having finished second, beaten a half-length in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Eng-III); fifth, but beaten only three lengths in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I); and third, beaten a length in the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. The bay had also won a maiden at Wolverhampton in her only starts at 2.
In addition to Euro Charline, Myboycharlie’s first Northern Hemisphere crops also include Salai, a listed winner in France at 2 and 3, and also group-placed there. In Australia, where he stood his first season before returning to commence his European stud career, Myboycharlie has been represented by group II winner Charlie Boy in his first crop, and Peggy Jean, winner of the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Aus-I) in his second.
Out of the Common Grounds (by Kris) mare, Eurolink Artemis, a six-time winner at up to 10 furlongs, Euro Charline is the first black-type winner produced by any of her first three dams. Indeed there is only one other black-type scorer under that trio, this being Rare Claim, a granddaughter of Euro Charline’s third dam, Question Mark who achieved that distinction in Zimbabwe.
A daughter of High Line—a stallion who also overcame limited initial opportunities on his way to stardom—Question Mark was only black-type placed, but she is a sister to a quartet of black-type winners headed by the Park Hill Stakes (Eng-II) victress Quay Line and the Italian champion 2-year-old filly Ancholia
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