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Charlton at the double

Wed, 03 October 2012

On a day when Roger Charlton waved farewell to a stable stalwart in Bated Breath, the Beckhampton trainer landed both divisions of the one-mile maiden at Salisbury with two youngsters who could have futures.

Charlton had two runners in each division of the British Stallion Studs EBF Booker Wholesale Maiden Stakes, with So Beloved sent off at 9-1 under James Doyle in the first version.

Having settled much better than on his debut at Newbury where he faded into fourth, So Beloved weaved through runners before charging home between Tawhid and the favourite Greatwood to win by a length.

"He learned a lot for his first run. He's a nice horse and we've always liked him," said Charlton.

"I don't like entering horses in Group One races but I did put him in the Racing Post Trophy which was a bit of a giveaway. He won't run in it, but he'll be a nice horse next season. I'm not inclined to run him again this season but I'll be guided by Lord Grimthorpe (owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager). I hope he reappears in a handicap off about 85!"

The chances of Charlton's debutante Magog (16-1) where harder to find in the second division. Already gelded, the half-brother to stablemate Rosslyn Castle is out of Irish Oaks winner Margarula by smart sire Dansili.

In the rear early, Ian Mongan did not have to get serious as he made lots of ground up inside the final two furlongs to beat Ikhtisas by a length and a half in impressive fashion, albeit in a much slower time than his stable companion.

Mongan told Racing UK: "He's still very much unfurnished and they didn't go particularly quick but he loved that ground, it's riding soft and I think that helped. He did it very well. I don't like picking my stick up on their first run but I just gave him a couple of taps.

"I was always going to ride a patient race with it being his first and allow him to come home and if he won it was a bonus. I'm sure he'll improve. We went very steady and that makes it all the more pleasing that he won, as he probably wants a mile and a half."

Baltic Knight continues to show he could make into a nice type next year and atoned for a narrow defeat at Sandown with his second career victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Molson Coors Novice Stakes. Sent off the 5-4 favourite Richard Hughes' mount made just about all the running and was a cosy victor in the end over King Dragon.