Charm offensive in Hong Kong

Rangeview Stud sire Henny Hughes has another galloper heading for stardom on the international stage.

His Aussie bred gelding Great Charm is already being spoken about as a Group 1 candidate for races like the Hong Kong Classic Mile.

Great Charm (3g Henny Hughes – Crystal Moon by Danewin) was a very impressive winner of the Emerald Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.  He travelled wide in transit but when jockey Olivier Doleuze asked for an effort there was an immediate response.

The lightly race gelding kicked in with a long flowing action and was only just hitting top gear at the end of 1200 metres.  “Next year he will be a top horse and I’m 200% sure he is a miler,” said Doleuze.  “He doesn’t even know he is at the races, he is very nice and very relaxed.

“He is a beautiful animal and I didn’t have to kill him to win.”

Trainer Richard Gibson reiterated Doleuze’s feeling that a mile would be Great Charm’s best trip.  “We’ve always held this horse in extremely high esteem since the moment he arrived,” he said.  “I thought he won well.  He beat some good horses and he has a bright future.”

Great Charm cost $24,000 from Gainsborough Lodge at the 2011 Brisbane Bloodstock Sale.  His dam Crystal Moon has foaled minor winners by Monashee Mountain and Clang and she has a colt at foot by Greenvale Park sire Caught Courting.

Greenvale Park’s Stephen Lamb and Helen Quast bought Crystal Moon from the Rothwell Park draft at the 2009 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale carrying the Henny Hughes colt.

Henny Hughes (USA) is currently serving his latest northern book at Walmac Farm in Lexington.  Darley had initially shuttled from between Australia and Kentucky before his transfer to Rangeview Stud in WA last year.

Meanwhile, Henny Hughes champion Beholder is back on track for the G1 Las Virgenes Stakes on March 1.  A G1 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in November, she returned to action in the Santa Ynez Stakes at on January 21.

Beholder was beaten by long-shot Renee’s Titan first-up but after the race, a minor ulcer was found in her throat.   Trainer Richard Mandella reports the filly is making steady progress and she reeled off 1400 metres in 1.24.80s at track-work on Monday morning.

– Karl Patterson