She’s certainly no Paddy but Authentic Charm deserves her turn on Thursday
Trainer Lisa Latta will tell you Authentic Charm is overdue to win a race.
But Latta is also quick to jump to the mare’s defence over what has been a less than ideal start to her career.
And that’s why Latta will be following, albeit long distance, the fortunes of the mare in the third race at Woodville on Thursday.
Latta, who is in Perth for her sister’s wedding, can be excused for being protective of Authentic Charm, given she is a half sister to Authentic Paddy who has won 11 races and $780,000 from her stable. The nine-year-old is still going strong, having run third in the Awapuni Gold Cup and fourth in the Canterbury Gold Cup in his last two starts.
Authentic Charm, at four, is just at the start of her career and is showing the traits of the stock of Per Incanto by continuing to improve with time.
Latta took her along quietly with two starts in 2017 and two in 2018 but with a stronger model this campaign had expected to see her win by now.
Authentic Charm hasn’t been racing badly at all - her formline of 55443 attests to that - and hides the fact she’s battled wide draws several times too.
She also struck good 3 track conditions in the first three of those starts, ground on which she simply doesn’t perform to her best.
The mare had a little give in the ground when fourth two starts back at Awapuni when on dead 4 footing she finished only three lengths from Wallaceville.
Authentic Charm had a foot issue after that and it was the best part of a month until her last run at Waipukurau when she looked unlucky not to win.
After enjoying a perfect trail behind the leader to the turn, Authentic Charm was snookered up the home straight behind Charlie Zulu and Tennessee Rose, only finding a gap in the last 200 metres to finish a neck and half a length away in third.
Latta likes her chances at Woodville on Thursday when she will be ridden by the in-form Robbie Hannam, who has been on Authentic Paddy in 10 of his 11 wins.
“She has drawn perfectly in barrier seven so Robbie should be able to possie up just behind the pace, which is an advantage at Woodville.
“Her work has been very good since her last run and she should strike the perfect track for her, a dead 5.
“This is a very even line-up and she should be right in the finish.’’
In Authentic Charm’s favour is the fact several of her better credentialed rivals have drawn wide, Tennessee Rose in 16, the balloted Willpower 15, Starweka 13 and Mi Gold Card 10.
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Saturday at New Plymouth
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“It’s not an ideal race for him and I’m a bit worried about the 1400 metres. We’ll have to ride him back last and look for runs through them to give him the chance to see the distance out.”
Saturday at Kilcoy
Race 5: Lincoln’s Command
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“He looks fantastic and his work has been good. Kilcoy is a very tight track and you need to be up front so we’ll be going foreward even from the wide draw. We rode him back last time and it didn’t work as he’s too one-paced.”