Ryan bullish about Charlie Boy

Trainer Gerald Ryan is getting quite bullish about the chances of Charlie Boy in this Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.

Charlie Boy is by Vinery sire Myboycharlie and takes his place in the 14 horse field for the $1 million classic over 1600m.  “I’ve been thrilled with his progress,” Ryan said.  “It’s a good even race with quite a few chances but ‘Charlie’ will run super if it’s run to suit and he gets clear at the required time.

“I am really looking forward to the race…he has real live chance.  He looks fantastic and has worked on very well after that last run.  He hasn’t left an oat and hasn’t missed a beat”.

Charlie Boy (3c Myboycharlie – Maritime by Falbrav) is raced by Triple Crown’s Chris and Michael Ward and was a commanding winner of the G2 Danehill Stakes before a great run for fifth in the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude.

The Caulfield Guineas is a stallion-making race.  All Too Hard defeated Pierro last year with both horses now standing their first seasons at Vinery and Coolmore respectively.

The 1999 edition is arguably the most memorable of the modern era.  Redoute’s Choice defeated Testa Rossa in a pulsating finish with Commands a well-beaten third.  The trio are among the top echelon in the Hunter Valley standing at Arrowfield, Vinery and Darley.

Myboycharlie is Irish bred son of Danetime and was named Champion French 2YO in 2007.  He is standing for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee at Vinery this year.