?SPRINT kING: Charles The Great
lands the day's richest prize
There is no national and imperial posturing at Aachen now, but Charles the Great
is not forgotten.
Charles The Great
is by Holy Roman Emperor and Donald parted with 90,000gns for another son of the sire.
Of the four, you would have to say that Charles The Great
has too much weight for his ability, so we are down to the three.
Exceptional military prowess was a theme expected by an aristocratic audience and later, when such qualities seemed a thing of the past, Notker of St Gall, in his On Charles the Great
written about 884, turned it all into an unstoppable epic, with Charlemagne at the head of a fierce iron-clad army.
Among other lots with star siblings are Owdeswell Stud's Nayef half-brother to six winners, including St Leger runner-up The Geezer (17); Tibthorpe Stud's Medicean half-sister to star Hong Kong sprinter Dim Sum (105); Coleman Stud's Holy Roman Emperor sister to Weatherby Super Sprint winner Charles The Great
(120); Whitsbury Manor Stud's Sakhee's Secret half-brother to nine winners, including Group 3 scorer Rag Top (123); and Newsells Park's Mount Nelson half-brother to three winners, including Windsor Castle Stakes winner Flashmans Papers (136).
The trend shows no sign of stopping this year, as runners leaving Britain for Hong Kong include Dominant, Acclamazing, Codemaster, Roman Soldier and Charles The Great
, all of whom had a Racing Post Rating of more than 100.
Bloodstock agency Sackville-Donald on Thursday announced the news via Twitter, writing: "New purchase Charles The Great
off to Hong Kong, great attitude should suit Asia."
Lord Ofthe Shadows 6.15 Nottingham SP forecast 9-4 Split the useful pair of Charles The Great
and Boomerang Bob in a 5f Windsor maiden on his penultimate run and improved for a step up to 7f on his nursery debut at Glorious Goodwood 11 days ago when he was beaten only a head, but might have won had he not met trouble in running.
Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Charles The Great
leads the challenge to keep the prize in Britain and aims to emulate Monsieur Chevalier, who won the same Newbury race before taking this two years ago.
Boris Grigoriev, Burwaaz, Charles The Great
, Requinto and Stonefield Flyer look the most likely winners and preference is for Keith Dalgleish's colt, who bids to become the third Windsor Castle Stakes runner-up to take this.
3.45 Goodwood Sporting (50:30:20:10) 16-19 Requinto, 15-18 Crown Dependency, 12-15 Stonefield Flyer, 11-14 Charles The Great
, 8-11 Boris Grigoriev, 7-9 Burwaaz, 6-8 Vocational, 5-7 Miss Work Of Art, 4-6 Church Music, 3-5 Chunky Diamond, Pyman's Theory, 2-4 On The Dark Side, 1-3 Powerful Wind.