Myboycharlie has to go down as one of the more overlooked stallion success stories of 2016. But from crops conceived at just modest fees, he has been represented by millionaire daughters in both hemispheres this year.
A 54,000 guinea yearling (at Doncaster) after selling for €13,000 as a foal in Ireland, Myboycharlie began his career with Red Rum’s one-time jockey Tommy Stack. He won his first two starts in Ireland, notably the Anglesey Stakes at The Curragh in heavy ground by seven lengths which resulted in his sale to the Coolmore partners, and he kept his unbeaten record by winning the Prix Morny at Deauville from subsequent 1000 Guineas winner Natagora.
However, Myboycharlie’s two-year-old season ended in defeat on firmer ground (and probably more pertinently) over seven furlongs back at The Curragh in the National Stakes behind another future classic winner, New Approach. Myboycharlie finished third to the subsequent Derby winner, a result which seemingly ended any classic aspirations for Myboycharlie. There was no Guineas attempt at three, and after a couple of fifth places in Group 3 sprints at The Curragh, Myboycharlie was sent to try his luck in the States. Three starts for Cody Autrey yielded a win in an allowance optional claimer over a mile at Fair Grounds.
Retired initially to the National Stud, Myboycharlie stood just two seasons in Newmarket. With his biggest win coming on French soil, he then moved on to the Haras du Mezeray in 2012 which has been his northern hemisphere base ever since at a fee of between €4,500 and €6,500 (€5,000 in 2016). As a grandson of Danehill (by the speedy Danetime, placed in the Sprint Cup and July Cup), Myboycharlie had the potential to be of interest to Australian breeders, all the more so as a relative of a Group 1-winning sprinter there Snowland, successful in The Galaxy at Randwick.
From his last season at stud in Britain, Myboycharlie produced his unlikely star performer in the northern hemisphere when mated with the ordinary handicapper Eurolink Artemis (a daughter of Prix de la Salamandre winner Common Grounds) who had won six times in Britain up to a mile and a quarter. The result was Euro Charline, who initially changed hands as a yearling for just 800 guineas before selling again for 13,000 guineas later in 2012.
After winning her first two starts, Euro Charline went on to finish fifth in the 1000 Guineas and third in the Coronation Stakes before ending her three-year-old campaign with wins in a listed race at Ascot and the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington from Stephanie’s Kitten who went on to win the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Euro Charline finished fourth a year later in a repeat bid at the Beverly D after running second in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.
She returned to the track in Dubai early in 2016, finishing second in both the Balanchine and the extremely valuable Dubai Turf and ended her racing career with another good effort in defeat when runner-up in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. The winner of four of her 14 starts and with earnings of more than £1.5m, Euro Charline looks sure to be one of the star lots at the Tattersalls December Sale.
Bought by Australian-based SF Bloodstock as a shuttle stallion prospect, Myboycharlie began his stud career down under in 2009 at a fee of A$10,000 (A$11,000 in 2016), standing, as he still does, at Vinery Stud. Peggy Jean was his first Australian Group 1 winner when successful in the ATC Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick in 2014.
Myboycharlie’s current star filly in Australia is Jameka whose recent Caulfield Cup win has made her one of the favourites for the Melbourne Cup. That followed a highly successful 2015/16 season during which she won the VRC Oaks, finished second in the ATC Australian Derby and MRC Thousand Guineas, and third in the ATC Rosehill Guineas. Jameka stays very well for a daughter of Myboycharlie and is bidding to become only the second Melbourne Cup winner from the Danehill sire line after triple winner Makybe Diva who was by Danehill’s son Desert King.
Jameka’s dam Mine Game was only a seven-furlong winner in Australia herself, but there’s more stamina further back in the family. Her great grandam Pathos won a mile and a quarter maiden at Chepstow for Barry Hills and was a daughter of the Wildenstein-bred Grade 1 Matchmaker Stakes winner Warfever. We recently mentioned Warfever’s half-sister Waya in this article, this the same Wildenstein family which produced Gold Cup winner Westerner, Danehill’s most notable stayer in Europe.
Back in Europe, Myboycharlie has had a couple of notable winners this year among his French-bred three-year-olds. Cheikeljack won the Prix Djebel, while Camprock was another of Myboycharlie’s daughters to do well over middle-distances, winning her first three starts, including the Prix Penelope, and beaten just a head in the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary. The grandams of both Euro Charline and Camprock were by Northfields.
Meanwhile in Ireland, the two-year-old gelding Landfall has won both his starts, notably a Group 3 contest at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend. He too descends from a Wildenstein family as a grandson of the E. P. Taylor Stakes winner Volga.