Charm Spirit (Ire)

Shaquille Working Toward Haydock's Sprint Cup

Shaquille (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), a dual Group 1-winning sprinter in the colours of Hughes, Rawlings, and O'Shaughnessy, will shortly begin his fast work in preparation for the G1 Betfair Sprint Cup at Haydock on Sept. 9. Trained by Julie Camacho, the 3-year-old is eight-for-seven and claimed both the G1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot and the G1 July Cup S. in July. "Shaquille is in really good form," said Camacho's husband and assistant Steve Brown. "We purposely gave him a quiet couple of weeks after Newmarket which was always...

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Charm Spirit's Shaquille Brilliant In The July Cup

There have been many super-sprinters that have won Newmarket's G1 July Cup, but probably none that have managed to do as much wrong as Shaquille (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}-Magic {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) as he placed himself among the very best in Saturday's renewal. Up in the air as the stalls opened and slowly away again as he had been in Royal Ascot's G1 Commonwealth Cup, Julie Camacho and Steve Brown's freakishly-talented 3-year-old was quickly telling Rossa Ryan that he wanted to assume top dog status. Lesser mortals would have...

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Charm Spirit's Shaquille Wins The Commonwealth Cup

To do everything wrong and still win the G1 Commonwealth Cup comfortably, Shaquille (GB) (Charm Spirit {Ire}--Magic {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) must be among an elite brigade of sprinters to have come to Royal Ascot down the years. Although the pride of the Julie Camacho and Steve Brown stable had obvious credentials entering Friday's six-furlong feature, after blowing the start and losing several lengths all appeared lost. That was factoring against the abundance of talent Martin Hughes's homebred possesses and the calm of Oisin Murphy after he had asked for...

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Charm Spirit on the Move to France

MG1SW Charm Spirit (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) will stand at Haras du Logis Saint-Germain in France next year, Jour de Galop reported on Tuesday. Previously a resident of Tweenhills Farm and Stud, his fee will be €7,000. Also a shuttle stallion to Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand, the 9-year-old has sired nine black-type winners, seven at the group level worldwide. He joins French Fifteen (Fr) (Turtle Bowl {Ire}) at the French nursery, who will command €5,000.

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Half-Sister to Zarkava Debuts at Chateaubriant

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Monday's Insights features a half-sister to European Horse of the Year Zarkava (Ire) (Zamindar). 12.25 Chateaubriant, Mdn, €18,000, 3yo, f, 9f 165yT His Highness The Aga Khan's ZARZA (FR) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), an Alain de Royer-Dupre trainee, is the standout runner of the day with the homebred bay being...

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Dual Winner Aerclub Sold to Hong Kong

Aerclub (Ire) (Charm Spirit {Ire}), two-for-two in his young career, is set for a new chapter in the Far East having been sold to race in Hong Kong. The €18,000 Osarus yearling--who was bought for 45,000 gns at the Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up & HIT Sale in May last year--impressed in winning both his starts for Henry de Bromhead and owner Stephen McCarthy, beating Joseph O'Brien's subsequent dual winner Dune Of Pilat (Fr) (Medaglia d'Oro) on his racecourse bow at Dundalk in November. The grandson of G3 Prix Quincey heroine Ing...

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