Improved CTS graduate wins Sophomore Sprint

Improved CTS graduate wins Sophomore Sprint

September 09, 2019 / 10 days ago

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Three Two Charlie (Greg Cheyne), improved run after being gelded. (Wayne Marks).

Three Two Charlie (6-1) scored a convincing 1.50-length win for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson, jockey Greg Cheyne and owner Rod Mattheyse in Saturday’s Listed Sophomore Sprint over 1200m at Kenilworth.

Three Two Charlie was quoted only fifth on the boards behind Captain Tatters, Finding Camelot and others, based on his form to feature winner and Mattheyse commented: “On the implied formlines through Armando, Three Two Charlie had a length or so to find with Captain Tatters, but he was gelded after his run on 8 June. Candice has brought him on patiently and he’s obviously improved by several lengths.”

Three Two Charlie had his first run after being gelded on 27 August when he finished third of 10 in a 1250m contest at Durbanville, beaten over four lengths by Macthief.  Mattheyse said that his runner needed that outing: “He ran a fair race in third, the first runs after gelding are often average in my view.

“I was a bit worried that the Sophomore would come too soon after that, but Candice had kept him fresh. He’s a horse that hasn’t been a machine at home, seems to reserve his best for the track. Well done to her and the team.”

Mattheyse stables his mares with his friend Anton Shepherd at Beaumont Stud and he quipped: “I literally don’t know how many there are but this is good, because I don’t have to lie to my wife. There is an old Irish parable that says, ‘Don’t count them!’ “

Three Two Charlie is a son of What A Winter Mattheyse and Shepherd’s mare Mairingi Bay, who unfortunately died some time after giving birth to him.  Three Two-Charlie went to the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale in 2018 and Mattheyse said: “He was a cracking yearling and when we didn’t get the right bid on the night, I decided to buy him back at R250,000.”

Mattheyse explained the colt’s name and said: “Anton and I went to the army at more or less the same time and we started reminiscing about the old days. We were both at Tempe Base and we’ve had many army stories to share. I was a gunner in my day and my call sign was Three Two Charlie, so we thought that this colt, being a ‘tank’ of a horse, could do with a name like that!”

Three Two Charlie has won two races with three places from five starts. He’s won R188,300 in stakes.