Charm Spirit at the double at Salisbury
Haras de Bonneval resident has fielded five first-crop winners
It was a day to remember for connections of first-season sire Charm Spirit on Wednesday as he recorded a brace of winners at Salisbury.
The Andrew Balding-trained colt Forseti initiated the double when building on his promising debut fourth at Newbury this month to make all and repel the strong challenge of runner-up Dombra – a son of Frankel and Group 3 winner Chigun – to win a 7f maiden by a short head.
An hour later on the card another Charm Spirit colt, the Eve Johnson Houghton-saddled Oberyn Martell, adopted similar tactics – breaking well, leading the field and sticking on strongly – to win the Class 3 auction stakes over 6f by two and a quarter lengths from the Lilbourne Lad colt Its The Only Way.
Forseti was bred by Deerfield Farm and is the second foal out of the Raven's Pass mare Ravensburg, a half-sister to King Edward VII Stakes winner and St Leger runner-up High Accolade and Listed-placed Oasis Knight, as well as Mango Lady, the dam of Group 3 scorer Mix And Mingle.
Ravensburg is out of Generous Lady, a Listed-placed daughter of Generous and Canadian champion Northern Blossom.
Balding bought Forseti for 60,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and the colt races for Mick and Janice Mariscotti.
Oberyn Martell – who had won at Sandown earlier this month – was bred by Paramount Bloodstock and is also a second foal, in his case out of the winning Teofilo mare Nickels And Dimes, a half-sister to Listed scorer Kalahari Gold and Staceymac, the winning dam of high-class sprinter Easton Angel.
Originally a €68,000 Goffs November foal purchase by Abbey Farm, he was resold to Highflyer Bloodstock and Nick Bradley for £28,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale last year.
Charm Spirit now has five winners to his name, and on Wednesday he also notched a third-place finisher – Zaahir, trained by the sire's former handler Freddy Head – in a decent looking maiden at Maisons-Laffitte. That race in France was won by the No Nay Never colt We Go.
A son of influential sire of sires Invincible Spirit, Charm Spirit won the Prix Jean Prat, Prix du Moulin and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at three.
He stood at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval in Normandy at a fee of €20,000 this year, and has 94 first-crop two-year-olds to go to war with. He will return to Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire ahead of next year's breeding season.
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