Chasing Charlie in the running

Canberra juvenile Chasing Charlie is being prepared for next weekend’s $250,000 Inglis Nursery at Warwick Farm after a brilliant home-track debut last month.

And trainers Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones have already circled next year’s Black Opal Stakes as the major target for their supremely talented son of Myboycharlie.

Chasing Charlie was untroubled in his first race start, despite doing plenty wrong against a modest field of fellow juveniles.

He found the lead and kicked away from them at the top of the straight before ducking out violently 200m from home forcing jockey Carl Spry to straighten him up before working past the post.

Had he not ducked out the 2 ½ length margin would’ve been far greater.

“He’s probably one of the better ones [two-year-olds] we’ve had, he hadn’t really been off the bit until the other day,” Jones said.

“He’s only worked with partners and we haven’t needed him off the bit to beat them, we hadn’t made him stretch his neck and that was probably the first time he’d stretched his neck in a race the other day.

“He’s going to derive benefit from it and hopefully improve again, he’ll probably have to.”

Chasing Charlie is potentially on a collision course with Grant Allard speedster Napayshini who rattled home impressively to run second on debut at Warwick Farm earlier this month.

In-form trainer Grant Allard boldly declared after the race that his colt could potentially win the Golden Slipper.

“I think it’s going to the race,” Jones said.

“They can’t win every race so if they’ve got that opinion of the horse they might try to look after it to get it through to the Slipper.

“Hopefully they might err on the safer side of caution and leave that race for the rest of us.”