The future of three-year-old New Zealand-bred filly CHARLTON PARK is very positive after she blitzed her rivals in the Sardos Coffee Maiden Plate (1400m), race three on the card of the Scone Race Club’s meeting held on the 21st April 2020.


  CHARLTON PARK, by Tavistock (NZ) out of Memphis Minnie (NZ), broke her maiden status with authority winning with ease by almost three and a half lengths after leading for most of the way. The filly was having only her fifth race start in what is her first racing preparation.


  Fine weather was the order for the day, the track rating was put up as a Good 3 with the moveable rail out 5 metres for the entire circumference. Christian Reith, who rode CHARLTON PARK at her previous run, was to take the mount again. The three-year-old had been allocated 56.5 kgs, the barrier draw was kind with the filly drawing gate four out of a possible thirteen.


  Christian had anticipated the jump well, that being the case, he took advantage of their good getaway and had CHARLTON PARK positioned in the first few runners.  After travelling 100 metres the duo were in front and hugging the fence.


  Another 100 metres into the race, the Simon Casey-trained Ellia, had moved up on the outside of CHARLTON PARK possibly with the intention of leading. Christian maintained his rating with his horse getting along at a good clip.


  The jockey on Ellia, thinking that he would have to use up a “bit of gas” to get to the front, decided to ease and remain at CHARLTON PARK’s girth. Again Christian’s filly took up the role of leader for the next half a furlong or so.


  Then, it was one of the local’s turn, Bella Rubino was set alight by her rider after being caught wide, it took almost 300 metres to get there but eventually she headed CHARLTON PARK, albeit momentarily.


  Jockey Reith had control of the race and that would stay, after a brief glimpse to his outside he eased the “brake” just a little and in doing so kept that challenger out comfortably. Passing the 600 metres mark, CHARLTON PARK was in the lead once again, still travelling well within herself.


  Rounding the home turn, Bella Rubino began to drop off, as she was entitled to do after that arduous run and Ellia was fading in her run. All Things, trained by John Sargent, was coming into the race after travelling just off the pace on the rail and the big fella, Rizzuto was another that might prove a threat.


  However there was no cause for concern. CHARLTON PARK after being given a little rein sensed it was time. Once in the straight and balanced up, the filly upped the tempo and began pulling away from her rivals.


  At the 400 metres pole, the pair held a two length lead, Christian then asked his mount to go and did she go. Approaching 200 metres it was near on four lengths! CHARLTON PARK was full of running, the rider only having to sool her along.


  All the duo had to do was maintain their rhythm to the winning post and victory was theirs. Easing late, CHARLTON PARK crossed the finish line three and a quarter lengths ahead of All Things with a further length back to the Kim Waugh-trained Rizzuto.


  CHARLTON PARK stopped the clock at 1:23.09 (the fastest 1400 metres race of the day by almost a second) with the last 600 metres covered in a tick under 35 seconds.


  What an impressive performance !  It would have been a huge thrill for Owners and Breeders Don Edwards and Miss M. R. Fife along with fellow lessees, Mr K F Darley, Mrs N M Seniloli, Mr P R Duffy, Mrs K A Duffy, Mrs J A Chalker, Mr M Seniloli, Mrs J M Aumann, Mr T P J Conn.


The win was a significant one especially for long-time client Phil Duffy who is gravely ill. Another note of significance is the fact that Don’s property in New Zealand is called Charlton Park, hence the naming of this exciting filly.


  Congratulations to all involved, to the team at Singleton Racing Stables, well done for getting CHARLTON PARK into the Winners’ Stall in her first prep. Also thanks to Christian Reith for a masterly ride one may even say perfection plus.


  The future for this lovely filly is very promising … here’s wishing you all good fortune.