Euro Charline

(2011 bay filly, Myboycharlie - Eurolink Artemis, by Common Grounds)

Won Beverly D. Stakes-Grade 1 (U.S.A.)
Won Valiant Stakes-Listed (England)
2nd Dubai Turf-Grade 1 (U.A.E.)
2nd Lockinge Stakes-Group 1 (England)
2nd Falmouth Stakes-Group 1 (England)
2nd Balachine Stakes-Grade 2 (U.A.E.)
2nd Nell Gwyn Stakes-Group 3 (England)
3rd Coronation Stakes-Group 1 (England)

Euro Charline rose from England's lowly winter circuit to the classics stage for Team Valor and on to the top level at Royal Ascot and a history-making triumph at Arlington Park in the U.S., all within 6 months in 2014. She continued on in major races as a 4- and 5-year-old and retired as the highest earning female in Team Valor history with a bankroll of $2,352,563.

Barry Irwin identified the modestly-bred Euro Charline as an emerging star in March 2014 after her second straight win at Wolverhampton for trainer Marco Botti, the second by 9 lengths over males.

In presenting the filly to his clients for syndication, Irwin wrote "Based on the intangible impression from her wins, Euro Charline looks to be a filly with unlimited potential. She has an enormous amount of scope and presence. She gives one the distinct impression that she will outrun her pedigree. She is freakish. Freaks outrun their pedigrees.

Euro Charline nearly became a Group winner in her first start for Team Valor, finishing second by a half-length in the Group 3 Nell Gwyn Stakes, and earning a spot in the One Thousand Guineas, in which she ran fifth of 17 after probably being moved a bit too soon. Irwin also thought she did not look as well in the flesh as she did 18 days earlier for the Nell Gwyn, and he made sure she was freshened before the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot six weeks later. The plan paid off handsomely as she arrived in regal condition for the Coronation and delivered a superb performance while mired in tough luck, as she got stopped twice in deep stretch, but continued on gallantly to finish third, beaten a length for it all. She very well may have been best that day.

Validated in their belief that they had an elite horse on their hands, Irwin and Botti plotted a trip to the U.S. in late summer, first taking the opportunity to nail down a Listed stakes win at Ascot in the Valiant Stakes as a warm-up. They decided to aim high in the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes on Arlington Million day against older fillies and mares, especially with the chance to pair her with Ryan Moore, perhaps the best jockey in the world. Stretching out from a mile to 9 1/2 furlongs, she relaxed beautifully as the only sophomore in the Beverly D. and delivered a devastating turn of foot from 5-wide into the stretch to put the race away. Cruising home three-quarters of a length to the good of eventual champion Stephanie's Kitten, she became the first 3-year-old winner in the 27-year history of the Beverly D. It was by no means a thin edition: the Beverly D.s second, third, and fourth-place finishers went on to win Grade 1 races before the end of the year, and two of them also finished second and third in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Euro Charline initially stayed in the U.S. but she developed a minor foot injury that required rest, and in the interim Irwin and his partners decided to send her back to Botti in Newmarket. She ran well off a long layoff and against older males in a fourth-place finish in the $6-million Dubai Turf in March 2015, earning $300,000, and turned in her best race as a 4-year-old in a second-place finish in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

As a 5-year-old, Euro Charline improved again, finishing second by a half-length in the Dubai Turf, which is the world's richest race at a middle distance on turf, and followed with another second-place finish against top males in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. She was retired in the summer of 2016 when she injured a tendon.

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