- Charmant (FR)
- Balko (FR) - Ravissante (FR)
- Mr Andrew Phillips | Mr & Mrs Sperling
Another real stable star Charmant was purchased from Graham McKeever in Ireland after running into places in two bumpers. He has a 27% win rate, 55% placed and 57% win strike rate with Champion jockey Brian Hughes.
Last season he ran well opening his account under top weight at Aintree finishing fourth and then ran in the Castleford Chase at Wetherby with the choke out. On his return there he had a very convincing 23 length victory on soft ground over 2m 3f. He earned a run at Cheltenham for his owners rated 143 but was slightly a victim of the north south divide in handicapping and was not able to land a blow despite running and jumping well. He likes to dominate which would never be possible round Cheltenham but it was another good experience under his belt. I am very happy with his training this season, he is in good order and virtually ready so we are just waiting on the rain. Possible race targets now off 142 are a Kelso open handicap in October, Aintree again and The Bobby Renton at Wetherby - a race we have won previously with Lord Wishes.
By Balko, a top class Hurdler and Chaser in France in training when we worked for Guillaume Macaire. Proving a good NH sire (17% Jumps and Bumpers) including Gitane du Berlais, Fago and Mitchto. Dam has produced French 1m 6f NH Flat race winner Banal and is from the family of Jupon Bleu – Hurdle/Chase winner.
For the coming season we are delighted that Charmant will be sponsored by Farm and Stable using the product Kurasyn which they sell.