Magic Millions Guineas 2014: Charlie Boy gives rugby mates a thrill


Among the rich and famous at Saturday’s Magic Millions day will be three Brisbane rugby mates living their dream.

James Connolly, Brendan Foster and Joe Lloyd were friends during their days at Brisbane’s Marist Ashgrove College and played rugby together at the GPS club.

The trio often spoke about getting a racehorse and formed CFL Racing, which bought a share in Charlie Boy, now among the favourites for the Magic Millions Guineas (1400m).


Charlie Boy winning the The Danehill Stakes at Flemington – photo by Race Horse Photos Australia

Charlie Boy is syndicated by the Triple Crown group which has a mighty strike rate in big races.

“We often talked about having a runner in a big race and this was a good way to do it,” Connolly said.

Charlie Boy has already fulfilled his part of the bargain, winning $319,000 and two races, including the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington last spring.

He’s done no better than midfield in his four previous Group One starts.

“Just to have a runner in those races and now the Millions race is terrific,” Connolly said.

Rosehill trainer Gerald Ryan has given Charlie Boy two trials in preparation for a first-up tilt at the Guineas