Charm Spirit a Hit for Aga Khan
CHARM SPIRIT’s excellent season with his first juveniles continued on Thursday as the appropriately-named Yourtimeisnow offered the young sire his first Group success.
Already a winner from pillar to post at Newbury in August, on this occasion Yourtimeisnow showed both courage and a turn of foot. She took the lead in the early stages of the Gr.3 Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury and responded well when challenged in the final furlong to score by half a length, with the rest of the field a further two and a quarter lengths adrift.
The filly’s jockey Andrea Atzeni was impressed and commented to the Racing Post, “She has got so much natural speed. Mentally and physically she’s getting better and she could be anything.”
Yourtimeisnow carries the colours of owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum, and was bred by Boyce Bloodstock and Mrs C. E. Percival, out of Maid For Winning (Gone West) who is a half-sister to American Group 1 scorer Stroll. She was purchased by trainer Roger Varian for 120,000 Guineas at Tattersalls last October.
The filly holds an entry in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on 28th September.
CHARM SPIRIT (Invincible Spirit) has alternated between the Haras de Bonneval and Tweenhills Farm during his stallion career and he will return to England and Tweenhills Farm for the 2019 season.
Third in the first season sires standings, the triple Group 1 winning miler counts 15 individual winners among his progeny, and in addition to Group winner Yourtimeisnow, he is also represented by CHARMING KID, third in the Gr.2 July Stakes.
At 2 years – 2013
2nd Prix de Crèvecoeur
1st Prix des Mélèzes
3rd Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère Gr I
At 3 years – 2014
1st Prix Djebel Gr III
1st Prix Paul de Moussac Gr III
1st Prix Jean Prat Gr I
1st Prix du Moulin de Longchamp Gr I
1st Prix Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Gr I
Already the sire of more than 10 two-year-old winners from his first crop to 1st August 2018.
His first yearlings have sold for €500,000, 140,000 gns, 135,000 gns, 120,000 gns, etc. 17 of his yearlings were sold for €100,000 or more and were purchased by Shadwell, Coolmore, Juddmonte Farms, Roger Varian, etc.
The winner of 6 races in 9 starts, Charm Spirit won 3 consecutive Group Is at three: the Prix Jean Prat, Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes
The earner of €1.4 million, Charm Spirit is the richest son of Invincible Spirit, a proven sire of sires
He was the second highest rated three-year-old (122) in the world (to Kingman) in the mile category on the turf on the 2014 World Thoroughbred Rankings