Toowoomba trainer Rex Lipp expects bigger things to come from Charge A Fortune following the talented colt’s victory in the Winning Edge Awards Hcp (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Charge A Fortune (2c Charge Forward – Kistena by Anabaa) raced right on the pace to score by a short-head from late closer Royal Jester (Seidnazar) and front-runner Bam’s Boy (St Averil). It was his second win in three starts following a debut victory at Ipswich in December.
Lipp has prepared plenty of brilliant juveniles over the years and rates Charge A Fortune second only to Star Shiraz among his best two-year-olds. Back in 2004, Star Shiraz (Sequalo) won the G2 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes and was runner-up to Outback Prince in the G1 T J Smith Stakes.
“He’s showing promise so I will sit down and have a look at the program,” Lipp said. “He will probably have another race in a fortnight and then ease up for a crack at the winter carnival.”
Charge A Fortune is by Arrowfield sire Charge Forward and was a $64,000 buy from the Arrowfield draft at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions. He is bred on the same Anabaa cross as last month’s Morphettville juvenile winner Tormented.
Charge Forward’s divisional leader among his current crop of two year-olds is Cavalry Rose. The Gerald Ryan trained filly was far from disgraced when beaten four lengths in Saturday’s G1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill.
Charge A Fortune’s dam Kistena died in February 2011 a few months after foaling a Flying Spur filly. Second dam Nassipoint (Nassipour) also produced the stakes winners Pasta Express (G2 STC Hill Stakes & G2 NSW Tatts Chelmsford Stakes) and Stella Maree (LR AJC Wiggle Hcp & LR Scone Dark Jewel Classic).
Winning jockey Eddie Wilkinson also gave Charge A Fortune his seal of approval. “He’s a nice horse and, even though the margin wasn’t very big, I felt he had plenty left in reserve. He’s got obvious potential.”