Charlton Snookers Rivals
May 01, 2017
With a mixture of experienced and new owners, Charlton had everyone smiling at Pakenham on Thursday evening, the lightly raced and promising three-year-old breaking his maiden in impressive fashion.
Having only just been beaten at his previous outing, Charlton was sent out favourite by punters who shared the stable confidence that the son of Redoute's Choice would relish a step up to 2200m.
Settling midfield for Max Allen, Charlton travelled well but coming to the turn needed luck with a wall of horses in front of him. But he showed heart and determination, shouldering his way into the clear and hitting the lead at the 200m.
From there it was all over, Charlton easily holding off his rivals to salute by 1 3/4 lengths with plenty in hand.
"It is a relief to get that maiden out of the way," Jade Matthews said.
"He is a really nice stayer in the making and he was definitely needing that distance."
"He has got bigger and better things in the future."
Allen agreed, reporting that he had been confident throughout the race, "I had him asleep, he travelled beautifully . Once we'd gone 400m he was off the bridle and he was always going to prove hard to beat."
There is still plenty of scope for improvement with Charlton who was a bit green when crowded early in the straight - "he overreacted, panicked a bit and wanted to lay in but once he got through he was very good."
Purchased by Robbie with BBA Ireland at the 2015 Magic Millions, Charlton was bred by Gerry Harvey whose royal blue and white colours were worn to victory.
Charlton is out of the stakes placed multiple city winning Encosta de Lago mare Eau de Joie who sadly died last spring. She was a half-sister to the Golden Slipper winner Polar Success from one of Australia's best families, that of the globe-trotting Group One winners Starspangledbanner, Haradasun, Elvstroem and Highland Reel.