Charlestown books berth in Karaka Million

Myboycharlie colt Charlestown booked a berth in the Karaka Million later this month with a runaway victory at Woodville on Saturday.

Charlestown (2c Myboycharlie – Princess Carolina by More Than Ready) is the third winner for the Vinery freshman following Charlie Boy (Rosehill) and Chasing Charlie (Canberra) in November.

Charlestown followed pacemaker The Alcippe and then sprinted clear to score by more than three lengths untested in the Crowley Forge Farriers Juvenile (1000m).  “He’s in the Million – that’s the goal and today’s win should just about put him in the field,” syndicate spokesman Albert Bosma said.  “He will probably run in the Wakefield Challenge Stakes on the way to the Million.”

The Lisa Latta trained colt had finished midfield in Listed events at Riccarton and Trentham at his first two starts earlier this season.  “He’s only been back three weeks so there’s a massive amount of improvement to come,” Bosma added.  “He has a super turn of foot and is a good-sized horse with a bit of scope.  He should be even better as a three-year-old.”

Charlestown races for the Bosma managed Go Racing Charliemyboy Syndicate.  Go Racing also has last-start LR Murdoch-Newell Stakes winner Ruud Awakening (Bernardini) being set for the Karaka Million.

Their Myboycharlie colt was a $65,000 purchase from Gerry Harvey’s Westbury Stud at the 2012 NZ Bloodstock Select yearling sale.  His dam Princess Carolina is a daughter of Vinery champion More Than Ready and she won races at Mornington and Colac for United Syndications in 2007.

Princess Carolina was sold as a broodmare prospect on three occasions between 2008 and 2010, the final time for $46,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions National Sale.  She changed hands carrying Charlestown and Westbury made a quick profit at Karaka 18 months later.

Westbury will sell his half-brother by Swiss Ace as Lot 872 at the NZB Select yearling sale on Thursday afternoon, January 31.  The Karaka Millions will have already been run four days earlier at Ellerslie.

Meanwhile, Myboycharlie has 9 second-crop yearlings catalogued for the Gold Coast Magic Millions starting on Wednesday.  A Group 1 winner of the Prix Morny, he is an Irish bred son of Danehill sire Danetime.

– Karl Patterson