Charlestown made a welcome return to the winners circle at Trentham on Saturday, when he comfortably beat a handy field of rating 65 horses, over 1400 metres.
It was great to see the son of Myboycharlie bounce back to winning form, and the convincing manner of his win indicates he may now be ready to go on with it. He was given a spell after racing in the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton in November and has since come back a bigger, and stronger horse. He took a lot of improvement out of his fresh up run for 2nd and he showed this on Saturday when being eased down on the line to win comfortably by one length.
He was ridden for the second time in this campaign by Kelly Myers, and as Albert Bosma says, it was a ten out of ten ride.
“We instructed Kelly prior to the race to get cover in midfield, and then hold him up for as long as possible in the straight before asking him to sprint. She rode to these instructions perfectly and to see him finish the race off like he did is very pleasing. He wore blinkers for the first time, and these helped him maintain his focus right to the line and not switch off at any stage of the race”.
Charlestown is a horse that has always raced against the best and prior to Saturdays race, eight of his thirteen starts had been in either group or listed races. He has been competitive in these races and his 2nd placing in last year’s Group 2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes is a performance that sticks in the memory.
He will now head to Wingatui on the 1st of February, where he will line up in the Listed Dunedin Guineas. It is a race worth $50,000 and is a race we think he will be competitive in.
“He is a horse we have always had a lot of time for, and to see him record his second race day victory is satisfying. There were some happy owners at Trentham on Saturday, and to win a race on premiere day is thoroughly deserved, both for the horse and the Snow Leopard syndicate” Albert commented.