Feb 03, 2016
First catching Michael's eye at the 2014 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Charlevoix was passed in but he liked him so much he quickly put a syndicate together, put in an offer - and the horse headed to Cranbourne!
And, just under two years later under the name of Charlevoix he was in winning form at debut - putting in an impressive performance swamping his rivals over 1400m at Sandown on Wednesday.
Patiently steered by Mark Zahra, the New Approach colt drifted back from a tricky gate, copping a bit of a bump early in the straight before hooking out and starting to charge.
Still with the last bunch with 200m to go, Charlevoix let go late, hitting the lead at the 50m and drawing clear to win by a soft 3/4 length.
"He is a lovely big horse," Michael enthused, happy to see the bay who will be all the better over longer show such a good turn of foot.
"This big spacious track was perfect for his first start," he said, adding that he was just hoping to see him "balance up and finish off strongly."
"He is a stayer of promise and if he stands up he will get to something good this time in," he said, nominating the South Australian Derby as a possible aim. "He has to climb some hurdles between then and now but we will see if we can get him there."
In-form jockey Mark Zahra was impressed by the victory, saying that Charlevoix was "good down the dip and strong through the line. He handled himself very well."
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 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.