Charge Forward’s current crop of two year-olds were seen to advantage again on Saturday courtesy of his Arrowfield-bred graduates Road Trippin’ and Tormented.
Road Trippin’ (2c Charge Forward – Road to Damascus by Flying Spur) was a resolute chaser when earning his first black-type in the G2 Victorian Sires’ Produce Stakes at Flemington. In a finish that would have pleased Arrowfield, he was third home behind All Too Hard (by Flying Spur’s son Casino Prince) and Pronto Pronto (Snitzel).
Road Trippin’ was bred by Arrowfield in partnership with John Leaver and Alan Jones. Offered by Bellerive Stud at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale, he stayed in Victoria after Stephen Theodore’s successful bid of $22,500.
Theodore returned to last month’s Melbourne Sale to buy the brother to Road Trippin’ for $40,000. Their dam Road to Damascus is a half-sister to Kiwi G1 winner Bluebird The Word (Bluebird) and G1 STC Coolmore Classic winner Porto Roca (Barathea).
A hour after the Flemington result, Charge Forward filly Tormented carried familiar colours to a fighting victory on debut in the Hindmarsh Plumbing Hcp (1000m) at Morphettville. She was headed in the straight but knuckled down to win by a neck in the black and orange silks of Shocking and Whobegotyou.
Tormented (2f Charge Forward – Anapine by Anabaa) was a $160,000 purchase for owner Laurence Eales from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Sale. Her dam Anapine won four races up to 1800m and she was also fourth home in the 2006 G1 AJC Oaks won by Serenade Rose.
Charge Forward (Red Ransom) was Australia’s Champion first-season sire in 2008-09. His initial crop was led by Group 1 fillies Headway and Response and the second was highlighted by stakes winners Shrapnel and Solar Charged.
Top-class Kiwi youngster Fort Lincoln (LR Karaka Million) headlined the third crop and he was joined by G3 Norman Robinson Stakes winner Sabrage earlier this season.
Besides Road Trippin’ and Tormented, Charge Forward’s fourth crop kicked off with $250,000 Inglis Classic winner Cavalry Rose. Her hopes of a hat-trick came to an end in the LR Black Opal Stakes but she was far from disgraced when fourth home in the Canberra feature on Sunday.
Charge Forward’s draft of 11 yearlings at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale includes two colts and a filly from Arrowfield Stud.