Fickle Charlie Shows His Best

Jul 06, 2017

Things do not always work out when a horse jumps fast from a wide gate; they can end up posted wide on pace and it takes a good, patient ride to ensure that the horse does not end up working too hard.

And it was one such nice ride by Ryan Maloney on Charlie Garcon at Cranbourne on Thursday, the bay "flying the gates."

As others kicked up inside of him, Maloney bided his time and slowly but steadily manoeuvred his charge to sit outside the leader from where he enjoyed a good run.

"I thought if we were to come back we'd end up three deep," Maloney said, "so instead of giving away that good start I thought I might as well roll forward on him."

Showing good heart, Charlie Garcon gamely chased the leader in the straight, really putting in over the final stages to record the fourth success of his 23 start career.

"If you can get him into a nice comfort zone he always gives you something at the end," Maloney said.

Describing Charlie Garcon as a horse who can be "pretty fickle," Maloney added that the talent has always been there- "when things go right for him he can show what he showed today."

"It was good to see him win, he has been a horse who has lacked a bit of winning culture but we were happy coming here today that things might work out for him and they did which is great," Robbie Griffiths said.

"We don't train him solidly so I'd like to think there are a few more runs in him this preparation."