First up win has Wendy Kelly dreaming of spring riches

Aug 31, 2014

Talented four-year-old Late Charge earned a shot at better races this spring after resuming with a victory in Saturday’s $40,000 Hocking Stuart Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield.

Nominated for the Sportingbet Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October, trainer Wendy Kelly said the son of Hard Spun would be given his chance to win his way into the $3 million weight-for-age championship.

“He’s nominated for the Cox Plate, I’m not sure if he’s going to get there, but we’ll head to the Listed Sofitel Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in a fortnight and I think he’ll do well,” Kelly said.

“We had to get his rating up. Now that he’s won a race this opens up a whole plethora of races for him.

“Everything went wrong for him last preparation, it’s the first time he’s drawn a gate for us and it’s just great to see him back and doing well.”

Kelly said depending on his performance at Flemington, Late Charge could be aimed towards the Caulfield Group 1 double of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Toorak Handicap (1600m).

Settling in the lead for jockey Vlad Duric, Late Charge ($5.50) sprinted clear alongside Olivier ($6.50) at the top of the straight before the pair settled down to fight out the finish.

Proving the stronger over the concluding stages Late Charge had a long-head to spare over Olivier on the line, with Precious Gem ($21) running on strongly a further long-neck away in third.

The victory was the third in nine starts for Late Charge and took the entire’s career earnings to $167,000.