Commander Charlie waiting to strike

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 April, 1998, 12:00am

DAVID Oughton's fortunes took a turn for the better yesterday with Chagall providing the second leg of a winning double for the astute English trainer. But it was stablemate Commander Charlie (27-1) in the same event who really caught the eye.

After missing the start under claimer Win Chung, the three-year-old raced wide and rearward to the home turn. As the Classes One and Two field cornered for the judge, Commander Charlie was taken wide and he made good steady headway in the straight to finish fifth, beaten just over two lengths. It was a run that stamped him as a certain future winner.

He had raced three times with distinction in England prior to export, winning a Sandown maiden at the height of the Flat season and connections look to have a handy one on their hands.