Euro Charline is on track for the G1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket this Friday after passing a barrier test last week.
The Group 1 winning daughter of Myboycharlie was a last-minute withdrawal from the G2 Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot after refusing to load.
“That came completely out of the blue as, apart from on her two-year-old debut, she has never had an issue with the stalls,” trainer Marco Botti explained. “So she was forced to miss a race that we had been aiming at for a long time, but it might end up working to our advantage as she will go to the Falmouth as a fresh horse.
“It has been a bit of a rush to get her a stalls test, as you usually have to wait for two weeks, but she walked straight in, without a blindfold or any help, and I hope that she will be just the same on Friday.”
Botti criticised the starter at Royal Ascot – his filly was given just 27 seconds to enter the barriers before she was scratched.
Euro Charline (4f Myboycharlie – Eurolink Artemis by Common Grounds) will be racing first-up since finishing fourth in the G1 Dubai Turf at Meydan in March. That was her first outing since a signature Group 1 victory in the Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington last August.
“I thought that she ran really well in Dubai considering that it was not the plan to make the running – she just broke too well and ended up getting a bit lit up,” Botti said. “With some cover she would have finished much closer.”
Euro Charline has been quoted at 10-1 for the Falmouth Stakes behind Godolphin’s 3-1 favourite Lucida. Her sire Myboycharlie stands at Vinery for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.