Charcoal Lane repays patience

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The impressive win by Charcoal Lane at Swan Hill on Monday repaid the patience of breeder/owner Paul Cochrane. Having his sixth start and aided by a great ride by Brad Rawiller, Charcoal Lane put a space on the field to break his maiden over the 2100m distance.

Image: Bill Purcell
Image: Bill Purcell

Paul and Nigel purchased Charcoal Lane’s dam, Queen Jospehine (by Success Express) at the 2006 Inglis Select Sale. Sadly, she developed a throat problem and never raced. Charcoal Lane is her third foal. So this win not only repaid Paul and Nigel for their patience and development of Charcoal Lane (about to turn five years of age), but also Paul’s mating plans and patience with the family.

I have a passion for staying races and love the lucrative Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonus schemes”, said Paul after the win.

“So I was very keen to mate Queen Josephine to Kempinsky – a Victorian based stallion by Danehill out of the Sir Tristram mare Tristalove. Kempinksy showed a good stamina in his race career, and looks to be passing that on to his progeny.

In planning Charcoal Lane’s upcoming races and campaigns into 2016, Nigel reported “We are keen to target Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold prizemoney in the future, especially at distances exceeding 2000m now that he has matured.

Another nice background story with Charcoal Lane is that he was foaled and raised on Woodburn Farm, formerly owned and operated by long-time stable clients Sandra Lawrence and Ross Wilkinson, near Nagambie. We hope this win gave something for Ross and Sandra to cheer about, after being unlucky with Tiny’s Legacy at last two starts.

A recent newcomer to the stable is Come Into My World (by Reset), a half-brother to Charcoal Lane. Queen Jospehine’s youngest progeny – one yearling and one weanling – are also by Reset and set to join the stable in the near future. So let’s hope Queen Josephine and her sons and daughters continue to repay Paul Cochrane’s commitment and support.