Trainer John Sadler has underlined the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in June as the major target for Charmed Harmony after the gelding produced a gutsy effort for success at Caulfield over the weekend.
Jumping from the gates well in the Charter Keck Cramer Plate (1400m), apprentice jockey Dylan Dunn allowed Charmed Harmony to stride forward and immediately take a position on pace; setting a reasonable tempo for the talented field of twelve before mustering a strong late kick to hit the line a head in the clear of closest rival Lord Durante.
Sadler was understandably pleased with the performance and believes the six-year-old has perhaps returned to racing in career-best form this time.
“He makes his own luck,” Sadler told Racing Victoria.
“Even after the claim for Dylan he had quite a bit of weight.
“Craig Williams just said to me they were going that hard they had to stop and yet he didn’t. It only got to him the last 50m.
“Everybody involved in the stable loves Charmed Harmony and since I moved to Caulfield he’s been a big help in putting the stable on the map.”
Sadler concedes that while it will be a big ask of the gelding amongst what is poised to be a particularly classy field, Charmed Harmony has earned a shot at the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap.
“He’s going to hop on a plane in a couple of weeks and head to Queensland,” Sadler said.
“We’re going to have a shot at the Stradbroke with him.
“It’s a shot at the stumps from a fair way out.
“If it happened to rain and the track was softer – he’s as honest as the day is long – he could acquit himself very well.”
Claiming thirteen wins and a further six minors through thirty-two career starts to date, Charmed Harmony has amassed an impressive $562,000 in prize money since first appearing on course competitively for Mick Price in 2012.
Resuming this time for ninth in the Ascot Racecourse Trophy (1400m) at Flemington on February 20th, the son of Hussonet progressed to a credible sixth in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and second in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) leading into Saturday’s triumph.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early 2016 Stradbroke Handicap odds, for which Charmed Harmony can be taken at a generous quote of $26 for success.