Clerihew, the dam of last Saturday’s Gr.1 Toorak Handicap winner He’s Our Rokkii, is to return this season to Invincible Spirit’s multiple Gr.1 winning son Charm Spirit.
The decision was made by the owners of Clerihew after the European-bred mare foaled an outstanding colt by Charm Spirit at Wentwood Grange in Cambridge the day following (He’s) Our Rokkii’s success in Melbourne’s feature 1600m event.
By Horse Of The Year and Champion German 3YO colt Lomitas, Clerihew is a daughter of the Irish Group winning racemare Clerio, herself a granddaughter of Horse Of The Year and Champion New Zealand racemare La Mer, whose 24 wins included the Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks.
Purchased by Paul Moroney Bloodstock at the 2005 Tattersalls December Mares Sales for owners John Collinson and Costa Feneridas, Clerihew’s first foal is the seven-times winning racemare Aluminium Bikerack. Her second foal to race is Gr.1 winner (He’s) Our Rokkii.
Charm Spirit, the highest earning son of champion sire Invincible Spirit, won 6 races as a two and three-year-old including his last three starts, all in Group One company over 1600m.
Charm Spirit won the Gr.1 Chantilly Prix Jean Prat before beating the older horses in both the Gr.1 Prix du Moulin de Longchamp and Gr.1 Ascot Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes.
Charm Spirit served a full book of mares at Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge in his first season last year and shuttles to Windsor Park from the Aga Khan’s Haras De Bonneval stud farm in France.