Apr 09, 2016
The Gr.1 South Australian Derby looks a real possibility for exciting stayer Charlevoix who really looked the goods recording a barnstorming black type victory at Sandown on Saturday.
Having just his fourth start and stepping up to the 2400m for the first time, Charlevoix settled well back in the Listed Galilee Stayers Series Final but was always travelling well for an in-form Luke Nolen.
Hooked out widest into the straight, Charlevoix did not take long to find his feet and he charged home down the outside, hitting the lead with 100m to go and drawing clear to win by a soft 2 1/4 lengths.
"It is the first time I have ridden him and I have to say that I am impressed," Nolen said, adding that Charlevoix is "a stayer with quality."
"When the speed went on he got a little bit lost but once I gave him a squeeze he responded really well."
"He is a lovely, relaxed, chilled out horse who is a pleasure to have around," said stable representative Darren Tymms, "and he has come a long way in his first racing preparation."
A horse who has always shown plenty of natural ability, Charlevoix has been taken along slowly by his ever patient trainer.
Whilst close up at stakes level at Caulfield and Moonee Valley since his debut victory at Sandown in early February, Charlevoix is a horse more at home on bigger tracks (such as Morphettville!).
"He builds momentum," said Tymms, "and tracks like this suit him."
Raced by Edward Sullivan, A Makiv, EM Makiv, Bruno Secatore, Rita Secatore, Tom Payne, LB Payne, Prof Michael Denton, MD Denton, John Dwyer and EM Dwyer, Charlevoix is a half-brother by the Epsom Derby hero New Approach to his talented stable mate Iron Spider out of the placed Red Ransom mare Boracay.
Served last spring by Toronado having produced a Helmet colt in late September, Boracay is a daughter of the three times Group winner Beachside, also dam of the Group One sprinter Cannsea.