Charlie Boy on Track for Golden Slipper 2013 Campaign

Gerald Ryan is gaining confidence each day that his progressive colt Charlie Boy has what it takes to be competitive in the world’s richest race for juveniles, the 2013 Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens on April 6.

Charlie Boy

2013 Golden Slipper-bound Charlie Boy will resume racing in the Silver Slipper Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

The Myboycharlie two-year-old has had just the one run to date when beating home Windjammer to win a 1100m 2YO Handicap at Rosehill last November but is on track for their new season return heading towards the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Charlie Boy, owned by Triple Crown Syndications, had their first official trial of the year back at Rosehill on Tuesday morning catching the eye with a big three and a half length success over 900m in 53.80 seconds defeating the John O’Shea-trained Le Cordon Bleu.

“He trialled very impressively which was good to see,” Chris Ward from TCS said.

He jumped okay and then showed good early speed to take up the lead pretty quickly and that was where he stayed.

“He showed a really good turn of foot in the straight and went on to win it by about 3.5 lengths in a smart time of 53.8.

“Glyn [Schofield] was really pleased with him and said he has taken another step forward since his race debut last preparation.

“Hopefully everything is on track.”

That trial showed connections Charlie Boy was ready to get back to race conditions which they will do first-up in the $200,000 Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) on March 2.

From there the path towards the Golden Slipper is still flexible but the $300,000 Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 23 is the likely second-up option.

“We will work it out as we go but we are probably thinking Silver Slipper, then the Todman and then into the Golden Slipper,” Ward said.

Latest Golden Slipper odds are led by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Overreach ($5.50), the Exceed And Excel filly subject to a huge betting plunge following her barnstorming six length win in the Listed Widden Stakes (1100m) last Saturday.

Charlie Boy meanwhile is still inside the top 10 chances in the Slipper markets at a quote of $21, equal with the likes of the Clarry Conners-trained Wyong Magic Millions Classic winner Assail and Peter Moody’s Thermal Current who runs in the Blue Diamond Stakes this weekend – a generous price according to Ward.

“There is a lot of upside there,” he said.

“He is a very impressive individual.”

Triple Crown could also be represented in the Golden Slipper field this April by Dothraki, currently a $67 outsider in the markets.

The Mossman colt won second-up at Canterbury over 1200m last December and will be given a chance to qualify for the Slipper when they run in the $125,000 Group 3 Skyline Stakes (1200m) on March 16.

“Dothraki is being targeted at resuming in the Skyline,” Ward said.

“Just because of his timing he will have one shot to qualify for the Golden Slipper.”

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