Trainer Andrew Balding had been gobsmacked at Royal Ascot when Charles The Great
failed to fire and finished tenth.
However, Charles The Great
battled on well and held on by a short head at the line with 4-1 joint-favourite Lily's Angel second and Nagham in third.
Charles The Great
is by Holy Roman Emperor and Donald parted with 90,000gns for another son of the sire.
Of the four, you would have to say that Charles The Great
has too much weight for his ability, so we are down to the three.
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols has been invited to give a homily at Frankfurt Cathedral during its annual remembrance of the Holy Roman Catholic Emperor Charles the Great
, or Charlemagne, who had united the whole of Christian Western Europe by the time of his death in 812.
Charles The Great
took the spoils from stall five 12 months ago - beating Lily's Angel (drawn 6) by the shortest of margins - but that was on good ground and conditions are likely to be significantly more testing this time.
He added: "We've been very lucky with Kennet Valley horses at Kingsclere, becauseDad[Ian]had Firebreakandin t helastfewyears I've had horses like Charles The Great
While sales-race winners Mehdi and Charles The Great
were influential in the son of Danehill achieving a total of pounds 891,923, his season also included the Listedwinning two-year-olds An Ghalanta, Homecoming Queen and My Propeller.
Among other lots with star siblings are Owdeswell Stud's Nayef half-brother to six winners, including St Leger runner-up The Geezer (17); Tibthorpe Stud's Medicean half-sister to star Hong Kong sprinter Dim Sum (105); Coleman Stud's Holy Roman Emperor sister to Weatherby Super Sprint winner Charles The Great
(120); Whitsbury Manor Stud's Sakhee's Secret half-brother to nine winners, including Group 3 scorer Rag Top (123); and Newsells Park's Mount Nelson half-brother to three winners, including Windsor Castle Stakes winner Flashmans Papers (136).
Coleman Stud offers a Rock Of Gibraltar three-parts brother to Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Charles The Great
(1119) and an Oratorio half-brother to Queen Mary and Lowther Stakes heroine Flashy Wings (1120).
The trend shows no sign of stopping this year, as runners leaving Britain for Hong Kong include Dominant, Acclamazing, Codemaster, Roman Soldier and Charles The Great
, all of whom had a Racing Post Rating of more than 100.
Also departing Britain is the Andrew Balding-trained Charles The Great
, who has been sold to race in Hong Kong.
15 Nottingham SP forecast 9-4 Split the useful pair of Charles The Great
and Boomerang Bob in a 5f Windsor maiden on his penultimate run and improved for a step up to 7f on his nursery debut at Glorious Goodwood 11 days ago when he was beaten only a head, but might have won had he not met trouble in running.
45 Goodwood Sporting (50:30:20:10) 16-19 Requinto, 15-18 Crown Dependency, 12-15 Stonefield Flyer, 11-14 Charles The Great
, 8-11 Boris Grigoriev, 7-9 Burwaaz, 6-8 Vocational, 5-7 Miss Work Of Art, 4-6 Church Music, 3-5 Chunky Diamond, Pyman's Theory, 2-4 On The Dark Side, 1-3 Powerful Wind.
Weatherbys Super Sprint winner Charles The Great
leads the challenge to keep the prize in Britain and aims to emulate Monsieur Chevalier, who won the same Newbury race before taking this two years ago.