VINERY’S freshman stallion Myboycharlie is on the verge of siring his first stakeswinner when exciting youngster Charlestown steps out in the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes (1200m) at Trentham in New Zealand.
The Lisa Latta-trained gelding won first-up at Woodville earlier in the month by 4.5-lens which also served to stake his claim to the Karaka Million (1200m) scheduled for Sunday week at Ellerslie.
Charlestown is raced by Go Racing, whose principal Albert Mosma who has high hopes for Charlestown to be able to complete dual glories eight-day apart.
“He’s got that turn of foot that good horses need to have,” Bosma said.
“He ran well in two stakes races, showing a very good turn of foot but the jockey got off him at his second start and said he needs gelding because he thought he was pinching himself and couldn’t quite let down.
“He was gelded in early December and then got a stone bruise so he actually had three weeks off but that gelding has been the making of him.
“He went into his last race at Woodville a little underdone so he needs to have one more run regardless just to be ready for the Millions which was always the plan.”
Myboycharlie has begun his stud career on a tremendous note with his first runner, Charlie Boy, winning impressively at Rosehill in November being tipped out with a view the Golden Slipper Stakes.