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Charles The Great - Newbury 16.07.2011

Charles The Great: son of Holy Roman Emperor was a 30,000gns yearling purchase by Geoffrey Howson

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Charles takes Emperor to top of juvenile sires' list

HOLY Roman Emperor waspropelled to the head of the leading British and Irish two-year-old sires' list on Saturday when his second-crop son Charles The Great held off Lily's Angel and Nagham to win the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

The 5f event, restricted to two-year-olds sold or bought in for £50,500 or less at public auction, was worth £98,360 to the winner. Runner-up Lily's Angelpicked up £41,820 to push her sire, Dark Angel, through the £200,000 barrier.

Interestingly, both the first and second home were sired by horses who were retired to stud at the end of their two-year-old careers.

Charles The Great was purchased for 30,000gns at Book 1 of last year's Tattersalls October Sale by Geoffrey Howson out of the Catridge Farm Stud consignment. The Wiltshire-based operation, which is fronted by David Powell and also sold Friday's Rose Bowl Stakes winner Saigon, paid 50,000gns for the colt at the 2009 Tattersalls December Sale.

Bred by Michael Woodlock and Seamus Kennedy (also the breeders of Total Gallery and Lady Darshaan), Charles The Great is one of three winners out of Jojeema, an unraced Barathea half-sister to Group 2 winner Riyadian. Her dam is Knight's Baroness, winner of the 1990 Irish Oaks.

Charles The Great's victory could mark the start of a big weekend for Holy Roman Emperor, who is represented on Sunday in the Irish Oaks by recent Ribblesdale Stakes winner Banimpire. The son of Danehill stands at Coolmore for €10,000.





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