Friendly fire from Myboycharlie

Aspiring sprinter All Great Friends joined the roll-call of international winners by Myboycharlie in Hong Kong on Wednesday night.

All Great Friends (Aus) broke his maiden last month and doubled-up with a promising on-pace victory in the Wong Chuk Hang Hcp (1200m) at Happy Valley.  Under Gerald Mosse, he won eased down by next to three lengths and has already repaid a $50,000 price-tag from the 2012 Magic Millions 2YO HIT Sale.

His dam Preview Scene (Zeditave) is a half-sister to (Helene) Pillaging who was a Group performer in Australia and Hong Kong.

Vinery shuttler Myboycharlie has a promising group of newcomers in Hong Kong this season and they are stabled with all the leading trainers.  His Griffins worth following include King Of Ironman (John Size), Peace On Earth (David Ferraris), Skyrockets (Ricky Yiu), Charlie Victor (Francis Liu) and Flying Captain (Dennis Yip).

Myboycharlie followed up his Hong Kong win with Nouveau Foret at Kempton on Thursday.  The Ed Walker trained filly was facing the starter for the third time and took command approaching the final furlong in a 1400 metre nursery.

Nouveau Foret (2f Myboycharlie – Forest Express by Kaaptive Edition) has Australian links through her dam who was a Flemington Group 3 winner of the 2000 Vanity Stakes for trainer Gary Portelli and part-owners Vin Cox and Neil Bowden.

Bowden races Nouveau Foret and he also bred Myboycharlie colt Salai to a Listed victory in the Prix Omnium at Saint-Cloud earlier this year.

Salai led Myboycharlie’s classic colts in Europe this year and Group 1 winner Euro Charline was his best by a big margin among the three year-old fillies.  After cruising home in the LR Valiant Stakes at Ascot, she travelled to the USA for a record-breaking victory in the G1 Beverley D Stakes at Arlington.

An ankle injury curtailed Euro Charline’s campaign for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf but she is back in England being prepped for the $6 million Dubai Duty Free in March.

Myboycharlie can finish the Melbourne spring carnival on a winning note with Charlie Boy in the G3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1400m) at Sandown this Saturday.

Charlie Boy is a stablemate of Myboycharlie’s Group 1 filly Peggy Jean and he won at Group 2 level in the VRC Danehill Stakes last year.  “I think the horse will do well at weight-for-age,” trainer Gerald Ryan said.  “I wasn’t too disappointed with his fourth behind Deep Field on Derby day.”

Ryan has been runner-up in the last two editions of the Heffernan Stakes with Hot Snitzel.

“Charlie Boy came through the Flemington race in good order and I really want to win this Saturday.”