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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Monday, August 21 2017

She never reached the giddy heights of Bob Emery's glamour mare Champagne, but the Cambridge breeder has spoken glowingly of Charmont in announcing her retirement.

Charmont - Race Images Palmerston North

"She won a Group One and I've only ever had two Group One winners so she's pretty special to me," Emery said.

"She's a six-year-old mare now and she's got the pedigree so it makes sense she now becomes a broodmare."

By High Chaparral out of Champagne's Danehill daughter Martique, Charmont ends her career as a winner of four of her 25 starts, highlighted by her Gr.1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) success at Te Rapa in April.

Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman at Cambridge, Charmont was either a stakes winner or stakes placed on eight further occasions, finishing third in the 2015 Gr.1 New Zealand Oaks (2400m) at Trentham.

"On occasions I had to scratch my head with her. She was always capable of putting good ones in, but she was also capable of putting in an ordinary one," Emery said.

"When you look at her three-year-old career, she got an enormous amount of black-type but all placings. It was really great in the end that she could top that off with a Group One win and that's made her really."

After assessing all possible suitors, Emery has settled on Victorian stallion Written Tycoon, by Iglesia, as Charmont's first mating.

"She's got Danehill blood in her and I don't go for in-breeding, even though for her she's got Danehill on her female side and a mating with a Danehill blood stallion would be sex-balanced," Emery said.

"But I thought first-up with her, I would try and avoid Danehill altogether. It's very hard to find a stallion with no Danehil, but that's why we've gone with Written Tycoon, though on type I think he'll suit her too."

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