Charles Road back home

The Southland Times - - RACING - NZ Rac­ing Desk

Charles Road has re­turned home last night af­ter go­ing a long way to­ward re­al­is­ing his stay­ing po­ten­tial in Aus­tralia.

His Mata­mata train­ers be­lieve the trip will prove a com­ing of age ex­pe­ri­ence for the four-year-old, who ex­celled in both of his Syd­ney out­ings.

‘‘We were all very proud of him and he left it all out on the track, he tries so hard,’’ said An­drew Scott, who pre­pares the geld­ing with Lance O’Sul­li­van for owner David Archer.

‘‘He’s one of the big im­provers and the trip will be the mak­ing of him. There’s a lot of im­prove­ment to come.’’

Charles Road won the Gr.2 Chair­man’s Qual­ity (2600m) at Rand­wick and backed up strongly last Satur­day to fin­ish third in the Gr.1 Syd­ney Cup (3200m).

He banked more than A$265,000 from his two ap­pear­ances.

‘‘He has lacked ex­pe­ri­ence and ma­tu­rity, but this sea­son he has gone for­ward and re­ally hard­ened up,’’ Scott said.

‘‘He’ll get home and go out to David Archer’s prop­erty for a wellde­served break and we’ll work out a spring plan in due course.’’

Mean­while, the sta­ble has a num­ber of promis­ing younger horses en­gaged at Mata­mata on Wed­nes­day. The prospect of a heavy track has Stella Daze (New Zealand Blood­stock Pearl Se­ries 1600m) and Inigo Mon­toya (Mata­mata Glass & Join­ery 1600m) rated among their best prospects.

‘‘I think Stella Daze will han­dle it, she’s got a bit of rac­ing and fit­ness on her side and Inigo Mon­toya raced through the sum­mer and is still go­ing very well,’’ Scott said.

The for­mer ran a cou­ple of fourths be­fore fin­ish­ing third at Tauranga while Inigo Mon­toya was a last-start sec­ond on his home track to­ward the end of March.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Charles Road pic­tured win­ning the Chair­man’s Qual­ity race at Rand­wick ear­lier this month.

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