After a slashing run for 3rd in the listed Holloway Stakes at Riccarton last week, Charlestown has earned himself another crack at Group 1 glory when he contests the Sothys 41st New Zealand 2000 Guineas at Riccarton on the 9th of November.
The three year old son of Myboycharlie has had 11 race day starts and of those 11, seven of them have been in group or listed races proving what a versatile and fun horse he has been for the Charlie My Boy syndicate. Highlights include running 2nd in the Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes, running a very good 5th in the Group 1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes and giving the syndicate a huge thrill when making the field for New Zealands richest race, The Karaka Million. His maiden win at Woodville was also very impressive when gaping a handy field and winning by three and a half lengths.
Charlestowns last start 3rd in the Listed Holloway Stakes has given us optimism for his chances in this Saturday’s Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas. He settled last in the Hollaway Stakes and then showed a great turn of foot running into 3rd and sustaining a long run in the process. This eventually told in the last 100 metres, but the run had plenty of merit. Syndicate manager Albert Bosma believes that although he will be one of the outsiders in the field, that he deserves his chance in the race. “He is rock hard fit, has raced at Riccarton before, will get the mile and most importantly has a great turn of foot when saved for one run. He has made the field and ran a strong 3rd last start so he is coming in to form at the right time. Most importantly he has already proved himself at group 1 level”.
It is a thrill having any horse contest a group 1 race and we wish the connections the best of luck.