Charge Forward in a class of his own

Looking for a Group 1 sire standing for less than $20,000, who averaged more than $100,000 at both the Magic Millions (Book 1) and Inglis Easter Sales in 2015?

That search produces just one result: Charge Forward.

His eight yearlings sold at Australia’s two major sales averaged $115,000, with a top price of $180,000 for the Laissez Faire colt bought at Magic Millions by Tony Gollan & John Foote from the Arrowfield draft.

It’s surely no co-incidence that this colt and the next two most profitable Charge Forward yearlings sold in 2015 are all out of Danehill-line mares.

Charge Forward’s statistics show that he’s sired 7.1% Stakeswinners/Runners from Danehill or Danehill-line mares.

To put that figure in perspective, only Redoute’s Choice among last season’s top 10 active Australian sires have a better lifetime strike rate from all his runners. And all of the stallions in that group are standing at considerably higher fees than Charge Forward.

In all, 17 of Charge Forward’s 29 stakes performers are from Danehill-line mares, and 12 of them either won or placed in stakes company as juveniles. 

It’s a pattern that started early, when Charge Forward’s first-crop daughter Headway (ex Chatelaine by Flying Spur) emerged as his first stakeswinner and progressed to victory in the VRC Coolmore Stud S. G1. She has been followed by another four stakeswinners out of Flying Spur mares, notably the brothers Road Trippin’ & Crack A Roadie who together earned around ten times their combined purchase price. 

Brilliant Group-winning sprinter Solar Charged, from a Danehill mare, appeared in Charge Forward’s second crop, and then came the Group winners Cavalry Rose, Direct Charge & London Lolly whose dams are by three different Danehill sons (Danske, Redoute’s Choice & Lion Hunter).

It’s the same story with several of Charge Forward’s six-figure earners last season: First Light Racing’s multiple city winner Face Forward (ex Endearment by Danehill), Moonee Valley winners Pathways & stakes-placed Fast Cash (both out of Choisir mares) and Singapore winner Good News (ex Rezyana by Redoute’s Choice).

However, it’s a rare rule that doesn’t generate exceptions and Charge Forward’s success isn’t limited to Danehill-line mares. Dual Group 1 winner Response, Group 2 winner Shrapnel and last season’s two-time Group 3 winner Slightly Sweet are from mares by Match Winner, Snippets & Dubai Destination.

In the past couple of years, daughters of Charge Forward have made a splash at broodmare sales, as breeders seek outcross mates for stallions with Danehill close up in their pedigrees. Cavalry Rose & Solar Charged each made $650,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Sale, and at the same sale this year Response, in foal to Snitzel, was knocked down for $1.5 million to Katsumi Yoshida.

It’s a pair of talented 4YO mares that are likely to lead Charge Forward’s team this Spring and fittingly, they are both Jason Coyle-trained homebreds for the family of the late Phillip Esplin, a founding director of Arrowfield and the breeder of Charge Forward.

Something Secret (from juvenile stakeswinner Secret Land by Secret Savings) has made a very good impression in provincial company, winning at Wyong & Gosford last month.

Slightly Sweet already has two Group victories on her eight-start record and is about a fortnight away from a trial after returning from her winter break in superb order.

Gai Waterhouse’s 2YOs include what she describes as a “nice colt” called Tribal (ex Mozambique by Redoute’s Choice) for Ron & Deb Gilbert. The Gilberts have already achieved success with Charge Forward as the breeders of Shrapnel, a two-time Group winner, and twice Group 1-placed at three.

 

Second stakes success for London Lolly

Sending Lovely Jubly to Charge Forward was a classic best-to-the-best strategy by owner-breeders Joan & Edwina Throsby and it has certainly paid off.

The talented result of that Group 1 match is 2YO filly London Lolly who won Saturday’s $115,000 SAJC Breeders’ S. 1200m G3 with a professional performance that augurs well for her future.

That future may yet include an appearance in the field for next Saturday’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper G1 at Rosehill. London Lolly is now 13th in the Order of Entry.

Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said, “It’s a long way from Adelaide to Sydney, but I’ll certainly think about it, that’s for sure.

“Winning the stakes race the other day was great but when you win a second one, you frank it. Plenty of horses can fluke one, but you don’t fluke two.”

The red-hot stable Hawkes team has guided London Lolly to Group-winning status within four starts since her Melbourne debut in January. A second at Moonee Valley followed, before she won the MVRC St Albans S. LR on 14 March, beating Bring Me The Maid who won today’s Magic Night S. G2 at Rosehill.

London Lolly is the 7th foal and sixth winner of her brilliant Group 1-winning dam and one of 13 stakeswinners by Charge Forward. All but four of those stakeswinners are from mares by sons of Danehill – as are all five of the Charge Forward colts on offer at the upcoming Inglis Australian Easter Sale. View Arrowfield’s three Easter yearlings by Charge Forward  here.

London gets the Lolly at Moonee Valley

London Lolly gave both her sire and dam a milestone success with her powerful, all-the-way victory in the $120,000 MVRC St Albans S. 1200m LR on Friday evening.

The 2YO filly is the 13th stakeswinner for her sire Charge Forward, and the first stakeswinner, among six winning progeny, for her dual Group 1-winning dam Lovely Jubly (by Lion Hunter). It has been a good week for the family, as London Lolly’s year-older half-brother and stablemate Chautauqua broke his maiden at Geelong on Thursday.

London Lolly is Charge Forward’s eighth juvenile stakeswinner, and his ninth stakeswinner from a mare by a son of Danehill.

Bred by the Throsby family’s Woodbury Pty Ltd, she is raced by Joan and Edwina Throsby and has progressed rapidly in her three starts. She began with a relegated fourth in Listed company at Caulfield, was then runner-up at Moonee Valley on 14 February and now has stakes-winning status, two starts earlier than her famous mother.

Trainer Wayne Hawkes said the filly had always displayed ability, but had not enjoyed the best of luck in her first couple of runs.

“Everything fell into place for her tonight. She has now won a Listed Race so job complete.”

Jockey Glen Boss was impressed with the filly’s performance. “She jumped, controlled the race and put away a very good field.”

London Lolly is the third 2YO stakeswinner this season for the Hawkes stable, after Group 2 winner Mossfun and Arrowfield graduate Gold Force.

Charge Forward has six colts catalogued for next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, all but one of them bred, like London Lolly, from mares by Danehill sons. Arrowfield will present four of them, including the first foal of another Group 1-winning mare, Alverta (by Flying Spur) – view the Arrowfield Easter draft  here.