Windsor Park stallion charming breeders

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Written by Paul Vettise

The "book full" sign above the door of Charm Spirit (IRE) {Invincible Spirit {IRE}) at Windsor Park Stud is no surprise given the flying start the exciting young stallion has made. Breeders have flocked to the multiple Group 1 winner, who promises to match his early Northern Hemisphere efforts Down Under.

Charm Spirit has so far produced 15 individual winners in Europe, including Yourtimeisnow who most recently claimed the G3 Dick Poole Fillies’ S., at Salisbury. The Roger Varian-trained filly had no trouble bridging the gap from a previous maiden success to black type company with a smooth front-running performance under rider Andrea Atzeni.

“That was a huge result for us, just fantastic and the future is looking really good for him here,” Windsor Park’s Rodney Schick said. “His book for this season is done and dusted, he’s been extremely well-supported and will serve a full book of 125 mares.

“That was a huge result for us, just fantastic and the future is looking really good for him here.” - Windsor Park’s Rodney Schick.

“He’s got a lovely pedigree and he’s leaving good types. He’s had his first trial winner here so it’s all very positive.”

Charm Spirit’s first crop will hit the Australasian tracks this season and his as yet un-named son impressed at the recent Te Teko trials when he cleared the gates smartly and led all of the way to win his heat. Trained by Tony Pike for breeder Qatar Bloodstock, the colt is the first foal of Moorluv (Dubawi {IRE}) who was a winner and her grand-mother is a half-sister to the breed-shaper Zabeel (NZ) (Sir Tristram {IRE}).

The unnamed son of Charm Spirit out of Moorluv impressed at the recent Te Teko trials

Three-time Group 1 winner

Charm Spirit won six of his nine starts from Freddy Head’s stable, including the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S., at Ascot, the G1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp and the G1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. “He’s a very correct and attractive horse,” Windsor Park’s Marketing Manager Michael Moran said.

“He’s 16.5 hands and there’s an awful lot of quality and class about him. Breeders love him and he’ll serve another strong book, including the dams of 18 Group winners.”

Charm Spirit

The Cambridge farm had a prior connection with Charm Spirit, having stood his influential dam-sire Montjeu (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells {USA}) during his brief Southern Hemisphere tour of duty some years before his grand-son’s arrival.

Charm Spirit is out of L’Enjoleuse (IRE) and hails from a family that has made its mark in Australia through the stakes winner and Group 1 performer Spieth (NZ) (Thorn Park), who now stands at Aquis, and Snaadee (Danzig {USA}), sire of the G1 Metropolitan H., winner Bedouin.

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