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Champagne all round if Charlie gets up
Charlie Boy. Pic: Bradley Photgraphers

An unlikely acquisition will turn into a breeding bonanza for WA's Graham Daws if Charlie Boy is successful in tomorrow's Golden Slipper.

Daws, who runs Dawson Stud and is a Perth Racing committee member, bought Charlie Boy's dam, Maritime, in a package deal last year.

Initially reluctant to have Maritime included in the agreement, Daws now can't believe his good luck.

Charlie Boy, Maritime's first foal, burst on to the scene with a debut win at Rosehill last November, a sizzling performance that made the racing world sit up, including experienced jockey Nash Rawiller who rode the runner-up Windjammer.

"It was an unbelievable effort by the winner," Rawiller said at the time.

"We are quite taken with my bloke and I thought he was home.

"He wasn't laying down, so it needed something special to catch us."

The Myboycharlie colt, trained by Gerald Ryan, again pressed his Slipper claims when he ran a fast- finishing third to Sweet Idea in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) at Rosehill last month.

He over-raced and wasn't suited by leading when fourth, behind Criterion, in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) last start.

Daws will be celebrating tomorrow if Charlie Boy can produce a big upset or run in the first three.

"I'll be buying the champagne if he runs a place," Daws said.

"Maritime had the weakest pedigree of the mares in the package.

"I ended up taking her. Charlie Boy sold well at the Gold Coast because he was a good looker.

"He's always been finishing on in his races and hopefully the Slipper will suit."

Maritime, an unraced mare by Falbrav, has a Canny Lad filly at foot and is in foal to Snippetson.

All things being equal, Daws has a firm idea of where she will be sent in the breeding season.

"The plan is to go back to Myboycharlie if he goes well in the Slipper," Daws said.

Maritime is a half-sister to Quays, who won the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes and was placed in the Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks and Queensland Oaks.

Maritime's dam, Pontal Lass, won the Group 1 Flight Stakes and was placed in the VRC Oaks.

Charlie Boy is a $31 chance for the Slipper with Player.

The West Australian

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