Trainer Michael Kent has been thrilled with the class displayed by exciting prospect Charlevoix through his short racing career so far and is hopeful the three-year-old will progress into a serious 2016 SA Derby (2400m) hope this season.
Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Charlevoix was rated some chance of success in the Grand Hotel Frankston Maiden (1400m) on February 3rd but was charged with overcoming the wide and somewhat awkward barrier 8.
Jumping from the gates well, jockey Mark Zahra allowed the colt to stride forward and take a handy position on the heels of the race’s early leaders who ensured plenty of tempo would injected into the race from the outset.
Settling into a good rhythm and experiencing a good run in transit, Zahra peeled the son of New Approach off the fence rounding onto the final straight before asking for an extra effort; the colt immediately responding to pull clear of a notable field and hit the line a comfortable length in the clear of closest rival Campanula.
Kent was understandably thrilled with Charlevoix’s debut performance for success at Sandown on Wednesday and believes the horse will reach his best in races over a mile and a half; underlined a race like the 2016 SA Derby as a credible option.
“He’s a big overgrown three-year-old that looks like he’ll stay and coming to the big open track was important for his first start,” Kent told AAP.
“He’s just kept growing so we’ve taken our time with him.
“Now’s the right time for a three-year-old to step out and get out to a bit of a trip and hopefully he can train on.
“It’s a fair way away and we’ve got to get over some hurdles first but I think he’s a mile-and-a-quarter, mile-and-a-half horse and so we’ll see if he can get there.”
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