Thoughts on Pleasant Charm
Pleasant Charm makes her debut in the 1.00 tomorrow at Wolverhampton (Wednesday, December 22nd). Jason Hart will be in the plate for the 7 furlong contest. Pleasant Charm is a scopey filly and a half sister to Seneca Chief (Invincible Spirit) who has won 6 times for the yard over five furlongs and Mandria (Duke of Marmalade) who was a winner over an extended mile for us. We are little open to exactly what sort of trip Pleasant Charm will end up being best at, she hasn’t done a lot of work on the main work gallop here as it has been given a serious refurbishment in recent weeks here in Lambourn. As a result tomorrow is more of a learning exercise than would be normal for a first time out runner for us. She has had a racecourse experience and hopefully will be reasonably professional.
The race has a very tricky look to it, Haija showed ability but was last seen some time ago running over ten furlongs and hasn’t really looked as seven would be her best trip. Queen’s Fair showed ability despite quite a green start on debut over a mile, but again didn’t really look to screaming out to be dropped back in trip, it wasn’t the most strongly of run races. One suspects connections of both are looking to get a win on the board despite the trip, rather than because of it, as the only other runner with experience West Side Glory has looked regressive of late and a stable switch did little to change that. The blinkers could well help her and if getting her back to near her best it wouldn’t a surprise to see her go close.
Pleasant Charm will race in the colours of her breeders, Gary & Lesley Middlebrook. She will be led up by Epona Miller who cares for the filly at home.