Charterhouse Rules In Cranbourne Cup

Mark Smith - Saturday November 25

The 6-year-old Irish import Charterhouse (GB) opened his Australian account for the all-conquering Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable in Saturday’s $500,000 Listed Ladbrokes Cranbourne Cup (1600m).

No stopping Charterhouse (image Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Ridden by Declan Bates, the 5-year-old son of Charming Thought (GB) came from second last on the turn to overpower Foxy Cleopatra (American Pharoah) by a short-neck with Just Folk (Magnus) a length back in third.

A Listed winner and Group III-placed in Ireland for John Joseph Murphy, Charterhouse (GB) broke through for his first win at start five in his adopted homeland.

Stable representative Jack Turnbull said Charterhouse (GB) was overdue for a change of luck.

“The horse has been in good form, but he’s had a checkered prep, to say the least,” Turnbull said.  

“He’s had a bad blood; he stepped on a plate, so we’ve been pushing and persevering, saying the horse is going well, but at the end of the day, you need the results, and we got that. The rain came, and he relished the mile.

“We knew he was doing what we wanted him to do at home. He went from running over six (furlongs) down the straight and running admirably but probably found that too sharp, and then fitness-wise, second time at the mile, we were right up to the mark today.”

Charterhouse (GB) was a 130,000 gns purchase for Ciaron Maher Bloodstock from the Castlebridge Consignment at the 2022 Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sale.

He is the best of two winners from five to race for the winning Royal Applause mare Crocus Rose, a half-sister to the Group III Lancashire Oaks winner Ela Athena, who placed in seven Group 1s.

A valuable prize (image Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Ela Athena is the dam of Group II Doncaster Cup winner Pallasator.

Charterhouse is one of two stakes-winners for Oasis Dream’s Group 1 Middle Park Stakes winner  Charming Thought (GB), who stands at  March Hare Stud for £3,000. 


Race Result - Ladbrokes Cranbourne Cup LR 1600m

Cranbourne Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:37.32
- 6g Charming Thought (GB) x Crocus Rose (GB) (Royal Applause (GB))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: Declan Bates 55.5
Foxy Cleopatra
- 4m American Pharoah (USA) x Casuarina Forest (AUS) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Tnr: T Busuttin & N Young Rdr: Craig Williams 54
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $120,000
Seller: Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains
Buyer: Busuttin Racing
Just Folk
- 7g Magnus (AUS) x Fast Ruby (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
Tnr: Gavin Bedggood Rdr: Beau Mertens 58.5
Inglis July (Early) Online Sale $199,000
Seller: Julius Racing (as agent)
Buyer: Gavin Bedggood Racing/Mailbag Bloodstock
- 7g Dark Angel (IRE) x Making Eyes (IRE) (Dansili (GB))
Tnr: C Maher & D Eustace Rdr: H Coffey 55.5
- 4g Sebring (AUS) x Prettyhappyaboutit (AUS) (Magnus (AUS))
Tnr: G Eurell Rdr: D Yendall 54
- 5g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Silent Entrance (GB) (Beat Hollow (GB))
Tnr: P G Moody & Katherine Coleman Rdr: L Nolen 59
Here To Shock
- 6g Shocking (AUS) x Frescoes (AUS) (Lonhro (AUS))
Tnr: Ben, Will & Jd Hayes Rdr: D W Stackhouse 56.5
- 5g Shamus Award (AUS) x Express Central (AUS) (Undoubtedly (AUS))
Tnr: L & T Corstens Rdr: Jordan Childs 54.5
Lord Vladivostok
- 7g Tavistock (NZ) x Soviet Lu (NZ) (Soviet Star (USA))
Tnr: Michael Hickmott Rdr: Teodore Nugent 54
- 9g Iffraaj (GB) x Riyaba (IRE) (Dalakhani (IRE))
Tnr: Vincent Hall Rdr: Jye McNeil 54
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