Charlie Boy fulfils promise for Gerald Ryan with stunning Danehill Stakes win

By Rod Nicholson
Herald Sun

Michael Rodd glances sideways to make sure Charlie Boy has his rivals covered in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington. Source: Getty Images

Gerald Ryan has a genuine Caulfield Guineas chance after Charlie Boy won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington.

The three-year-old colt fulfilled his unbridled promise with a three-quarter-of-a-length win over in-form Peter Moody-trained filly Kiss A Rose ($16), with a head back to previously unbeaten SA colt Eclair Big Bang ($18). immediately slashed his Guineas price from $67 into $13.

Charlie Boy promised to be a quality two-year-old, but finished midfield in the Golden Slipper as ailments took hold.

Ryan always believed he would be a superior older colt and he put paid to one of the deepest quality Danehill Stakes fields in memory.

Owner Chris Ward said that Charlie Boy “showed great ability from day one” and tll Stakes honour-roll of recent winners Snitzerland, Sepoy, Soul and Black Caviar.