The four-year-old filly by Rip Van Winkle ran a cracker last week at Lingfield on the all-weather when just touched off by Kendergarten Kop on the second hottest day of the year and one of the hottest days on record in the UK.
There was concern that eight days might be a bit quick for a reappearance after a hard race but the filly was a course and distance winner on soft ground and she was 2lbs well in. So, the positives seemed to outweigh the negatives.
And oh so it proved!
Soon prominent in the 11-runner extended mile handicap for three-year-olds and upwards, she chased the leader over six furlongs out, led over three out and went further clear a furlong from home to win very easily to justify 2/1 favouritism.
Clearly the filly loves soft ground and any fears about the short turn around from her last race were soon forgotten
Classic Charm is a typical Dean Ivory improver. Okay, she’s not a sprinter, for which he’s perhaps best known but the Master of Harper Lodge Farm is, like the best trainers…patient. He has brought her along gradually and she’s really started to blossom this year.
As for jockey, Joey Haynes, what a record this young jockey has for Solario Racing since riding a 50/1 winner, Dancinginthewoods, at Newmarket in May. (The horse subsequently finished behind Pinatubo, who is now ante-post favourite for next year’s 2000 Guineas).
He has ridden for us seven times on three different horses. He has won on all three, been second twice and placed fourth and has a 27% strike rate. What a record! Surely, this young, hungry, stylish and erudite jockey will pick up more rides for other trainers?