Taking charge in a royal way

Jun 29, 2011

Royal Charger converted his good Gold Coast form to a well backed city win at Eagle Farm in the Class 3 1200m.
A bit of breeding science and plenty of patience is paying off for the connections of Royal Charger.
The four-year-old by Tasmanian-based stallion Savoire Vivre, only made his racing debut at the Gold Coast on May 12.
He finished second that day to Kosmic Karma, but made amends at his next start on May 21 when he trounced a Maiden field at the Gold Coast by four lengths.Royal Charger proved that effort was no fluke when he stepped out in Saturday Class 1 event, streaking home eased down to win easily.
Two of Royal Charger's five part-owners, Chris Humphrey and Ross McGregor, are right in to breeding and picked out Savoire Vivre as a perfect match for Sir Dapper broodmare Sari Princess.
"Savoire Vivre has had about seven crops to race and his progeny have got over a bit of ground so hopeful Royal Charger will do the same down the track," said Rosscoe.
"Chris was very keen to give this horse plenty of time to develop before we started racing him and that the only reason he didn't race until he was four.
"It looks like we have ourselves a pretty smart horse.
Well backed from $7.50 to start the $4.60 and was given the perfect ride by Philip Wolfgram.
Biding his time third on the fence Wolfgram produced Royal Charger in the straight and he held off a late from Spirit Of Flatley with Rioqualo third.
By running 1.10.00 sec for the 1200m, Royal Charger eclipsed the times ran by the other Class 3 and maiden winners at headquarters.
He has now won three of five starts with two runner up cheques totaling $25,450 in prizemoney.