Charlie On Hold

Charlie On Hold

Bruce Stewart

25th February 2022

Uunfortunately promising three year old Sporty Charlie has been sidelined with a virus, and his trainer isn’t faring much better.

Brad Morris has been nursing a broken leg since a young horse lashed out, and although his cast is off, the leg needs more time.

The accident meant that Winton trainer Lauren Pearson took over the training of the Sportswriter gelding – her partner Brent Barclay is the regular driver of the horse.

Since being under the care of Pearson the horse has had two workouts, running third behind Might Be Me in the middle of January, and running second behind cup horse Pembrook Playboy a week later.

“He didn’t go that great in his last workout, so we put it down to a virus. He’s been treated and he’s had a couple of hopple runs back now. He’s still probably a month away from going to the races. He seems happy in himself,” Pearson said.

Sporty Charlie won his first two races as a two year old in the extended season last year before heading to Addington on Cup Day where he ran a creditable sixth.

He’s expected to add spice to the emerging group of three year old colts and geldings getting ready for the $50,000 Group Two Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes in April.

The next heat in the Supremacy is at the Riverton Meeting next Friday at Winton.