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Charles Calls For Optimism

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KTC Bloodstock manager Kody Charles is confident the success of the recent thoroughbred Magic Millions Sales will carry over to this Sunday’s APG Standardbred sales at Belmont.

Charles will take 17 yearlings to the Belmont sales ring this weekend, as well as taking 10 greyhounds to Mandurah on Friday night on what shapes up as a busy weekend.

Charles said he felt optimistic about the sales and was confident his yearlings would attract plenty of interest.

“We conducted our annual yearling parade on Sunday and we had 55 people turn up,” he said.

“We’ve had a few people come out and inspect horses, so we are pretty positive.

“We’ve used a few sires that are probably the new kids on the block.

“All of our mares are pretty much handpicked and we are pretty happy with them all.”

The Sales Classic finals for the fillies and the colts and geldings at Gloucester Park start the sales weekend tomorrow night, where KTC Bloodstock bred pacers are expected to feature prominently.

Last year, Charles took 20 yearlings to the sales, 10 of them featured in the heats of the Sales Classics, and six have made it to the final.

Charles said he was pleased with the performance of the KTC Bloodstock yearlings ahead of the Sales Classics, and hoped they could continue a successful run for their graduates.

“We’ve been lucky in the last two seasons, we have had three Group 1 winners,” he said.

“We’ve bred a really good one that I sold in Sydney, Maraetai, that competed in the New South Wales Derby.

“Good trainers are buying them and showing us respect.”

One of the highly fancied runners in the colts and geldings division of the Sales Classic tomorrow night is Ryan Bell-trained Shockwave.

The Mach Three colt did enough in his heat to record a half-head victory in his heat last week in a time of 1.57.6.

Bell said he was confident Shockwave would be a key player tomorrow and in feature two-year-old races later this year.

“It was impressive,” Bell told TABradio’s The Sports Daily.

“I am excited by what the horse is and what he can be become.

“You just have to look at the quality of stallions the horses in these races are by…there’s quite a bit of depth there breeding wise.”

The Sales Classic program gets underway at 5.40 tomorrow evening, while the APG Sale starts at 1pm on Sunday.

Tim Walker



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