CLASSIC CHARM justified strong support at Nottingham yesterday when sluicing up in the soft by seven lengths to give Solario Racing its third win of the year, all ridden by Joey Haynes.
The four-year-old filly by Rip Van Winkle was running for just the third time in Solario Racing’s colours and after being collared on the line last week at Lingfield, she made no mistake this time around, recording her second win at Nottingham this season.
Going into the race, there were lots of things in her favour. She was a previous course and distance winner (over a mile), she was two pounds well in according to official handicap figures, she loves soft ground and she had Joey Haynes aboard.
On the possible downside, she had only raced eight days ago and had had a hard race at Lingfield and she had to contend with the potentially smart and unexposed stablemate, Bruyere.
Both fillies had been well supported in the market overnight and in the morning but at the track, the money was all for Classic Charm, who was sent off the well backed 2/1 favourite, while Bruyere, drifted out to 13/2.
In the race itself, the jolly was always prominent and hit the front before the two furlong pole. With her quite high knee action, she bounded clear and although Bruyere chased her during the final furlong, she was never able to get on terms and Classic Charm was a very easy winner, which will not have gone unnoticed by the handicapper!
Congratulations to Solario Racing (Tring) who also own Don’t Look Down. The talented grey gelding has been sidelined after four very promising runs last season, in which he was never out of the prize money. So, this win was a very welcome tonic for the syndicate.
Solario Racing has enjoyed success twice earlier this season with its syndicates, when 2yo Dancinginthewoods won at 50/1 on his debut at Newmarket in May and 4yo Spring Romance won his fifth race to date with a 25/1 success at Nottingham at the back end of June.
Jockey Joey Haynes has a remarkable record for Solario Racing with three wins, two seconds and a fourth from seven rides.