Trainer John Sadler still thinks Charmed Harmony has plenty to offer on the race track and the rising eight year old will be set for another Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign.
Charmed Harmony faded in the straight after leading at his latest start to finish ninth to Sovereign Nation in a 1400m Handicap at Flemington on May 20 and Sadler has opted to freshen up the seven year old prior to preparing him for another Spring Carnival campaign.
“We have decide that we will give the horse a bit of a break,” Sadler told Racing.com.
“There is not a great deal wrong with him and he will come back.
“He will run in the Bletchingly. His best trip and track is certainly the 1400m here (Caulfield), he will run in races like the Peter Lawrence, the Memsie Stakes and then the Rupert Clarke.”
“He is going to go out and has a nice little freshen up and come back for those races.”
Sadler said that while Charmed Harmony will be enjoying the paddock life, his fitness will still be kept in check with daily light work sessions.
“He will go out to Trudi Christie’s at Healesville. She will work him off the pony each day, keep his fitness levels reasonably up.”
“He is boxed at night and out in the paddock during the day.”
“So when he comes back there won’t be a lot to do with him to have him back ready again.”
Sadler is looking to kick off Charmed Harmony’s Spring Carnival campaign in the Group 3 $150,000 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 29, the same race that the baldy faced chestnut ran eighth in last year.
The Group 2 $200,000 P.B. Lawerence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 19 will be his second up run before stepping up to Group 1 company in the first Group 1 of the new racing season, the Group 1 $1m Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 2 and then the Group 1 $500,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on October 1.
Charmed Harmony has won three times over the Caulfield 1400m journey but did find it tough going in last year’s Memsie Stakes, finishing ninth to Black Heart Bart after setting the pace.
Charmed Harmony has been a great money spinner for the Sadler stable and from thirteen wins from forty-one starts has earned well over $600,000 in prizemoney with his best win being in the Group 3 $150,000 Sandown Stakes (1500m) at Sandown at the end of the 2015 Melbourne Spring Carnival.