Can The Tank Emulate Strongman?

Another Sophomore Sprint winner emigrates

The lightly raced 2019 Listed Sophomore Sprint winner Three Two Charlie has entered quarantine at Kenilworth Racecourse after being sold to Hong Kong interests.

Three Two Charlie is headed East (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Raced by longstanding owner Rod Mattheyse, who bred the now 4yo in partnership with Beaumont Stud’s Anton Shepherd and others, the Candice Bass-Robinson trained R250 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate won 2 races with 5 places from 8 starts for stakes of just under R700 000.

Mattheyse’s thoughts at the time of the sale that he didn’t feel they were getting enough at a R250 000 highest bid have proven spot on, and the 4yo gelding departs our shores with his connections richer for the experience and rooting for further success for his new owners in the East.

Three Two Charlie was built like a tank and was aptly named by his owner after his military unit.

He is by triple Equus Champion What A Winter (Western Winter) out of the four-time winner, Mairingi Bay (Joshua Dancer).

The Bass Racing team wished Three Two Charlie well on his international campaign as he follows in the hoofprints of a Milnerton neighhbour and another past Sophomore Sprint (2013) winner in the shape of the Glen Puller trained Strongman.

The gelding, renamed Horse Of Fortune in the East, scored another seven wins after being sold and exported to Hong Kong, amassing well over R20 million in stakes.

He was bred by Northfields Stud by Stronghold out of Lammerskraal mare Sweet Virginia, making him a half brother to Vodacom Durban July and L’Ormarins Queens Plate champion Do It Again.

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