Charming Thought

Charming Thought (foaled 24 January 2012) is a British Thoroughbred racehorse. He showed his best form as a two-year-old in 2014. After finishing second on his debut he won two minor races and then recorded a 22/1 upset victory in the Middle Park Stakes. He then suffered from injury problems and did not run again until 2016 when he finished unplaced in three starts.

Charming Thought
SireOasis Dream
GrandsireGreen Desert
DamAnnabelle's Charm
DamsireIndian Ridge
Foaled24 January 2012[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
BreederMerry Fox Stud Limited
TrainerCharlie Appleby
Record7: 3-1-0
Major wins
Middle Park Stakes (2014)


Charming Thought is a bay horse with a small white star[2] bred in England by the Merry Fox Stud. As a yearling in October 2013 he was offered for sale at Tattersalls and bought for 625,000 guineas by John Ferguson Bloodstock, actin on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin organisation.[3] The colt was sent into training with Charlie Appleby at Newmarket, Suffolk.

He was sired by Oasis Dream, a sprinter who won the July Cup and the Nunthorpe Stakes in 2003 before becoming a very successful breeding stallion. His other progeny have included Jwala, Goldream, Midday, Power and Muhaarar.[4]

He was the first foal[5] of Annabelle's Charm, who showed some ability as a racehorse, winning three of her fourteen races between 2008 and 2010[6] and was a granddaughter of Flamenco Wave, a lightly-raced but high-class performer who won the Moyglare Stud Stakes in 1988. Flamenco Wave was even better as a broodmare, producing several other winners including Aristotle, Starborough and Ballingarry. Her unraced daughter Leaping Water became the dam of St Nicholas Abbey. She was one of many good horses descended from the American broodmare Fleet Flight: others have included Almutawakel and White Muzzle.[7]

Racing careerEdit

2014: two-year-old seasonEdit

Charming Thought made his racecourse debut in a maiden race over six furlongs at Nottingham Racecourse on 15 August in which he started at odds of 2/1 and finished second, beaten half a length by the Mark Johnston-trained Flash Fire. On 3 September the colt started 4/11 favourite in a nine-runner field for a maiden over the same distance at Lingfield Park Racecourse. Ridden by William Buick he raced in third place before taking the lead a furlong from the finish and drew clear to win "readily" by two lengths from Kinematic.[8] Nineteen days later Charming Thought was made the odds-on favourite against three opponents when he was ridden by Adam Kirby in a minor race over six furlongs at Leicester Racecourse. After being restrained by Kirby in the early running he took the lead inside the final furlong and won by half a length from Surewecan.[9]

On 17 October Charming Thought was moved up sharply in class and started a 22/1 outsider for the Group One Middle Park Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket Racecourse. The unbeaten Ivawood started the 1/2 favourite after wins in the July Stakes and the Richmond Stakes, whilst the other four runners were Cappella Sansevero (Round Tower Stakes). Muhaarar (Gimcrack Stakes, Kool Kompany (Railway Stakes, Prix Robert Papin) and the Aidan O'Brien-trained The Warrior. Muhaarar set the pace before giving way to Ivawood approaching the final furlong at which point Charming Thought, who had been restrained by William Buick in the early stages, was switched to the right to make his challenge. He moved up alongside Ivawood in the last hundred yards and prevailed by a nose in a closely contested finish with Muharaar a length and a quarter back in third place.[10] The colts victory gave the Godolphin stable their first Group One win of the year in the United Kingdom.[11] Charlie Appleby commented "It’s great to get the first Group One in England out of the way. It was the last roll of the dice for us. This is a horse we’ve held in high regard from the spring onwards, we just met with a slight setback in the spring, so we had to be patient with him. We’ll put him away now, that was always the plan, win lose or draw".[12]

2016: four-year-old seasonEdit

A succession of injury problems, starting with a "chip in the knee"[13] kept Charming Thought off the track in 2015

The colt returned as a four-year-old in the Listed Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury Racecourse on 12 June 2016. Ridden by Buick, he made some progress in the closing stages without ever looking likely to win and finished fourth of the eleven runners behind Don't Touch.[14] He showed little improvement in two subsequent starts that year, finishing sixth to The Tin Man in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury Racecourse in July and ninth of ten behind the filly Nemoralia in the City of York Stakes at York Racecourse in August.


Pedigree of Charming Thought (GB), bay colt, 2012[1]
Oasis Dream (GB)
Green Desert (USA)
Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Foreign Courier Sir Ivor
Courtly Dee
Hope (IRE)
Dancing Brave Lyphard
Navajo Princess
Bahamian Mill Reef
Annabelle's Charm (IRE)
Indian Ridge (IRE)
Ahonoora Lorenzaccio
Helen Nichols
Hillbrow Swing Easy
Golden City
Kylemore (IRE)
Sadler's Wells Northern Dancer
Fairy Bridge
Flamenco Wave Desert Wine
Armada Way (Family: 16-g)[7]
  • Charming Thought is inbred 4 × 4 to Northern Dancer meaning that this stallion appears twice in the fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ a b "Charming Thought pedigree". Equineline.
  2. ^ Hugh McMahon. "Charming Thought profile". The Sport Horse Show and Breed Database.
  3. ^ "Tattersalls October Sale 2013". Racing Post.
  4. ^ "Oasis Dream - Stud Record". Racing Post.
  5. ^ Myra Lewyn (17 October 2014). "Belardo Among Juvenile Standouts at Newmarket". The Blood-Horse.
  6. ^ "Annabelle´s Charm - Record By Race Type". Racing Post.
  7. ^ a b "Polly Agnes - Family 16-g". Thoroughbred Bloodlines.
  8. ^ "188Bet Casino Maiden Stakes result". Racing Post. 3 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Kegworth Novice Stakes result". Racing Post. 22 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Middle Park Stakes result". Racing Post. 17 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Charming Thought wins Middle Park Stakes". BBC Sport. 17 October 2014.
  12. ^ Greg Wood (17 October 2014). "Charming Thought stuns Ivawood to give Godolphin Group One glory". The Guardian.
  13. ^ "Charming Thought ready to return in Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury". Sporting Life. 6 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Cathedral Stakes result". Racing Post. 12 June 2016.