Charm Spirit kicks on at Headquarters


Charm Spirit (Invincible Spirit) colt Kick On looked an exciting prospect for the future when scoring a smooth victory at Newmarket yesterday in a strong renewal of the Bonhams 2YO Stakes over 1600m.

Racing for the same combination of trainer John Gosden and owners Qatar Racing Ltd who have enjoyed a brilliant European season with Roaring Lion, Kick On raced in the leading division before accelerating strongly to the line for a facile 2 ½ length victory to become his sire Charm Spirit’s 17th individual winner for the season.

“Kick On has a great stride and he’ll handle pretty much any ground. A stiff mile suits him”, commented Gosden post-race.

“We’ll look at the pedigree carefully, he obviously stays a mile and he’s by Charm Spirit who was a fabulous miler and I see no reason not to run him again this year”.

Leading jockey Oisin Murphy was equally impressed with his mounts performance.

“He’s a lovely horse and his sire Charm Spirit is really making a mark at the moment and it’s nice to have one to really look forward to”, said Murphy.

The Gr.1 Doncaster Racing Post Trophy over 1600m next month looks a possible target for Kick On who has the scope to continue his improvement and develop into an imposing three-year-old.

Charm Spirit’s impressive first crop also includes recent Gr.3 winning filly Yourtimeisnow, successful in the 1200m Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury.

A triple Gr.1 winning miler, Charm Spirit is Invincible Spirit’s highest earning son and he recently returned to Windsor Park Stud, Cambridge for his fourth southern hemisphere breeding season. 

Click here to watch Kick On in action at Newmarket.