First Winner for Late Charge

Mark Smith - Wednesday April 22

There seems to be rash of top-class horses in recent times that have failed to perform in the breeding shed and this is just another one of them.

Criterium, Kementari and Menari have all had fertility problems.The Last Charge Makes a wiining debut - image Racing Photos

Late Charge may not have measured up to those Group 1 performers on the track but he was clearly talented.

At three he was third in the Group Two Autumn Stakes before later winning in the Listed Tontonan Stakes at Flemington defeating Under the Louvre and Extra Zero.

The son of Hard Spun (USA) was retired to Riverbank Farm in 2016 but he left just six foals from 16 mares covered.

Three years after his retirement Late Charge was gelded and returned to training.

One of the six foals Late Charge left became his first winner at Bendigo on Wednesday.

The appropriately named The Last Charge led at every call for Beau Mertens and was courageous in the straight to defeat the fast-finishing Headwater colt River Twain by a short-half-head with the Rubick filly Taylor's Dream a neck back in third.

Trained by Kevin Corstens, The Last Charge was making his third start.The Last Charge Beau Mertens - image Racing Photos

After debuting with a sixth at Bendigo on March 15 he improved to be third over 1100 metres at Caulfield on April 4.

A homebred for Ken King, The Last Charge is the fourth winner from seven starters out of the winning Maizcay mare Elite Vision whose dam Photo (Bellotto) is a daughter of the dual Listed stakes-winner Goodwood Lady (Plush).

The Last Charge is the only named foal to date of Late Charge who made a further seven starts since returned to training.

He has not been seen since finishing last at Sandown in June last year.




Race Result - Hygain Hcp 1100m

Bendigo Track: Good(4) Time: 1:04.50
The Last Charge
T: K L Corstens J: Beau Mertens 60.5
2c Late Charge (AUS) x Elite Vision (AUS) (Our Maizcay (AUS))
River Twain
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: D Oliver 59.5
2c Headwater (AUS) x Manju (AUS) (Henny Hughes (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Milburn Creek, Wildes Meadow
B: M G Price Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale $75,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: Andrew Williams Bloodstock
Taylor's Dream
T: C Maher & D Eustace J: Jye McNeil 58
2f Rubick (AUS) x Taylor's Command (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Amarina Farm Denman NSW
B: John Foote Bstock/Brae Sokolski/D Weir Rcg
Master Bartholdi
T: Brent Stanley J: B Prebble 60
2c Statue Of Liberty (USA) x Champagne Flute (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Elementary Holmes
T: M Price & M Kent Jnr J: M J Dee 60
2c More Than Ready (USA) x Disseminate (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
T: Julius Sandhu J: D W Stackhouse 60
2c Kuroshio (AUS) x Rainbow Arch (GB) (Rainbow Quest (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $21,000
V:Yarran Thoroughbreds, Seymour
B: I D'cruz
T: P Stokes J: Regan Bayliss 60
2c Unencumbered (AUS) x Arenzano (AUS) (Not A Single Doubt (AUS))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Armidale Stud Carrick Tas
B: Phillip Stokes Racing/Dalziel Bloodstock
T: P Stokes J: Ben Allen 59.5
2g Fighting Sun (AUS) x Lakemba Rose (AUS) (Bel Esprit (AUS))
Luna Chara
T: R G Symons J: Laura Lafferty 56
2f Skilled (AUS) x Livid (AUS) (Luskin Star (AUS))
Gifted Miss
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Jamie Kah 57.5
2f Smart Missile (AUS) x Somer's Gift (AUS) (Sebring (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Riversdale Scone NSW
B: First Light/Paul Willetts/Ellerton Zahra Rcg
Boom Daddy
T: D & B Hayes & T Dabernig J: N Callow 60.5
2g Spirit Of Boom (AUS) x Daddys Little Girl (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Eureka Stud Cambooya Qld
B: Lindsay Park Racing/Andrew Williams Bstock
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