Trainer John Sadler has confirmed a start in the Group 1 $400,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 29 for Charmed Harmony who completed a hat trick of wins at Flemington last Saturday.
Charmed Harmony took up his usual position in front with apprentice Tom Sadler rating the six year old to perfection before easing him up in the run to the line to record a two and a quarter lengths wins in the $90,000 Louis Polgar & Jason Vance Handicap (1400m).
At his two previous starts Katelyn Mallyon adapted the same tactics to score all the way wins in the $80,000 Wilson Medic One Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on July 4 and in the $80,000 Bruce Gadsden Handicap two weeks later over the same and course and distance as last Saturday’s race.
Sadler had hinted before the weekend that he would consider stepping Charmed Harmony up to the top level if he won again and the Hussonet gelding will be making his Group 1 debut in the weight for age Memsie Stakes.
“I’m going to throw him in the deep end and run him in the Memsie in three weeks’ time,” Sadler told racing.com.
“I know he’ll be out of his depth, but I reckon he’s deserves it.
“He’s just been a great horse for the stable.”
Tom Sadler was informed that he would retain the ride in the Memsie Stakes and is thrilled to have a Group 1 ride.
“Just be pleasing to ride my favourite horse on his home track in a Group 1,” Tom Sadler said.
The win of Charmed Harmony wrapped up a winning double for the Sadler stable after first starter Most Wanted took out the first race of the day, the $80,000 Elizabeth Dunkley & Jason Lee Handicap (1400m) for the three year olds.
Most Wanted was earmarked to be sold to Hong Kong interests but failed the final inspection but showed a clean set of heels when Damien Oliver push up along the fence to find the lead at the 300m and hold on to score a three quarter of a lengths win.
“I’m just glad that bloke knocked him back,” Sadler said from the winner’s stall.
“Apparently there’s three categories (for sale to Hong Kong); there’s A, B and fail and he fell into fail.
“He wasn’t completely sound but they believed that he was fine as a racehorse, that he probably would be OK, but there were a couple of little issues that he had that they had to tell the guy about.
“For that reason they had to tell him and the guy happened to say that he wanted a horse in the A category.”
Sadler expects the Wanted three year old to show improvement with race experience and will be a better horse in the Autumn.
“It was a really good effort. I don’t know whether it’s going to happen this spring or not, but he might be an exciting horse in the autumn,” Sadler said.