The Paddocks another Royal Ascot bound 2YO for Charm Spirit


Windsor Park shuttler Charm Spirit (IRE) is wasting no time in kick starting his stud career, posting his third Northern Hemisphere winner overnight with a debut victory at Newbury for two year-old colt The Paddocks.

Trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Tom Marquand, The Paddocks tracked the leaders and was tenacious to the line to win the six furlong maiden by a head with two and a half lengths back to the third horse.

"The Paddocks is a nice colt we've been waiting to run and we hoped he'd be an Ascot horse. This is always a very good race and ours improve massively," Hannon said.

"He's a six-furlong horse, but if he's got the speed for five we might enter him in the Norfolk."

A 120,000 euro purchase from the ARQANA Yearling Sale, The Paddocks is the first winer for Miss Plimsoll, a sister to Group II winner Pomology.

The Paddocks is the third winner in four days for Charm Spirit joining Diviner and Charming Kid who are also Royal Ascot bound.

A triple Gr.1 winner and the highest earning son of Invincible Spirit, Charm Spirit made a positive impression at Australasian yearling sales this year with his first Southern Hemisphere bred yearlings, which sold to $300,000 on the Gold Coast and $400,000 at Karaka.