Great Charm Declared, News on Fireback, Pic of Camelot

June 3, 2012

Great Charm has been declared in the 4.25 at Chepstow on Monday 4th June. George Baker rides. It is his first run for nearly a year and he’ll come on for it, but as he needs some cut in the ground we thought it best to get the ball rolling for the season. He has always had a tendency to travel keenly in his races and the aim will very much be to get him relaxed and settled in his race to see if he will get a bit further. Flynn’s Boy looks to have found an easier assignment than some of his more recent starts and drops back to a grade he won at last time he contested it. George Benjamin is back in handicap company for new connections after winning a claimer last time out and if running a similar type of race will go close.

Fireback threw away any chance at the start yesterday by jumping upwards as the stalls opened. He never really travelled and looked out paced. He thankfully seems to have come back ok, if a little dehydrated we’ll give him a couple of weeks and build him up to another target once he is back to himself. Mickael Barzalona was convinced he will be better suited by further so that gives us a couple more options to explore down the line too. It was a disappointing way to end to a very good days racing enjoyed by a huge crowd of 130,000 people. Camelot the Derby winner was hugely impressive and a very good looking horse, he was cooling out in the stable yard as Fireback was warming up, so we got to see him a fair bit. Not the biggest but beautifully put together it would be really exciting if he did have an attempt at the St. Leger and the triple crown.

Fireback in the racecourse stables

Fireback in the parade ring

Camelot in the racecourse stables after his Derby triumph