Everything about Roger Charlton just oozes class and a quick check of the record books reveals that the Beckhampton trainer has had at least one Group 1 winner in his care since 2012.
Al Kazeem was the kingpin when mopping up the Tattersall Gold Cup, Prince of Wales's Stakes and Eclipse Stakes in 2013 but the heights have already been reached with Decorated Knight in the Jebel Hatta at Meydan last month and he is one of a talented team that remains in action this term.
Stablemate Quest For More did the honours for Charlton at the top level when taking the Prix du Cadran at Chantilly last October and he will be another that will be putting in his bid for further glory this Summer.
On the three-year-old front there could be plenty of excitement ahead with Fair Eva looking to rediscover her brilliance that made racegoers stand up when she sauntered to an easy victory in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July and she is being trained with Qipco 1000 Guineas strongly on her agenda.
There is plenty of untapped potential in the Classic generation with, perhaps, Time Test's full sister Time Chaser the most striking and all in all it looks like another lucrative season lies in front of Charlton.
Roger kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes that can make names for themselves this term.
6 b g Dalakhani - Sweet Firebird
Winner of three of his 18 starts and currently rated 109. Last success when beating Spark Plug three quarters of a length in the Listed Gala Stakes at Sandown (1m 2f) in July.
"He just lost his form a little bit towards the end of last year having been pretty consistent in listed and Group 3 races up to a mile and a half. He has been gelded over the Winter and I hope we can resume sometime in May."
4 b g Sir Percy - Cartoon
Winner of three of his 11 starts and currently rated 89. Winner three times last season culminating in a three length victory from Masterson off a mark of 82 at Chester (2m) last September.
"He had a good season last year starting with a rating of around 70 and ending up on a rating just below 90. He clearly stays well and I am hoping he can continue to progress. Anything from two miles plus should suit him throughout the year. The Chester Cup would be a possible but he might not get in and there's a mile and six handicap at Salisbury at the end of this month."
4 b g Dansili - Catopuma
No win from four starts and rated 74. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten half a length, to Bluebeard at Kempton (1m) in October 2015.
"We inherited him from Sir Michael Stoute and he has done well during the Winter. He is rated 74 and I would like to think he can wrestle with a mark like that. He should have improved as a four-year-old but at this stage I don't know that much about him."
5 b g American Post - Namaskar
Winner of one of his 11 starts and currently rated 110. Ran the races of his life when third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to stablemate Time Test in the Group 2 Skybet York Stakes at York (1m 2 1/2f) in July and when fourth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Hawkbill in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown (1m 2f) earlier that month. Off the mark in a maiden at Ascot (1m 2f) in September when beating Henry The Explorer eight lengths.
"He was principally a lead horse for Time Test last year and he led him in his race at York and in the Eclipse at Sandown where he finished fourth. He started the year off a rating of 77 and ended up with a rating of 110. The only mystery is how he couldn't win at Kempton off his rating of 77! Otherwise he has been kept in training to be Fair Eva's lead horse. He may run on his own account at some stage in condition or listed races."
5 ch h Galileo - Pearling
Winner of six of his 13 starts and currently rated 113. Last success when beating Folkswood a neck in the Group 1 Jebel Hatta at Dubai (1m 1f) in March.
"The principal aim for him was to win the Jebel Hata which was achieved and the continuous rain in Dubai on World Cup night didn't help his chances in the Dubai Turf. He has returned home and he will have a little break and we will be looking for the mile and a quarter Group races in the Summer but particularly abroad."
4 b g Makfi - Kazeem
Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 88. Off the mark with a two length victory from Blaze of Hearts at Windsor (1m 2f) in July.
"He took a long time to break his maiden and kept running in hot maidens. I still hope there is better to come with him. He has had a gelding operation during the Winter. I think a mile/mile and a quarter and, with a bit of luck, at some stage he should win a nice handicap."
4 b g Pour Moi - Island Dreams
Winner of one of his 2 starts and rated 85. Last seen on the Racecourse when beating Hammer Gun seven lengths at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in October 2015
"He is new to us and joined us in the Winter from Marco Botti. He is a rather highly strung horse and he won readily on his second start at Nottingham as a two-year-old and was rated 85. He needs to relax a bit and should stay a mile and a quarter and maybe a mile and a half. He is still a little bit of an unknown quantity to us."
4 b g Acclamation - Spot Light
Winner of two of his 8 starts and currently rated 103. Best effort last term when third, beaten a head, to Summer Chorus at Newmarket (6f) in August off a mark of 100.
"He had a few unfortunate and minor setbacks last year which prevented us from running as many times as we would have liked to have done. I think he has done well and physically looks more of a sprinter than he did. He belongs to the Royal Ascot Racing Club so the obvious target would be the Wokingham."
QUEST FOR MORE
7 b g Teofilo - No Quest
Winner of eight of his 28 starts and currently rated 117. Gained his first Group 1 success when scoring by a short neck from Vazirabad in the Prix du Cadran at Chantilly (2m 4 1/2f) in October.
"He surprises us each year and just kept on improving. A couple of years ago he was struggling to win off a mark of 92 and is now rated 117. I think Dubai just didn't suit in the Dubai Gold Cup and he didn't run any sort of race in the ground. The ground was soft and a bit uneasy under his feet and it didn't suit. He is a fragile horse in that he doesn't want too many races and races like the Ascot Gold Cup, which he would have run in last year if it had not gone soft, would be obvious targets for him. He is a fun horse and races like Ascot and the Goodwood Cup would be on his radar. He has a Group 1 penalty this year so there is no point in running in a Group 3 at Sandown."
6 b g Dalakhani - My Dark Rosaleen
Winner of five of his 17 starts and currently rated 106. Best effort last season when third, beaten three quarters of a length, to Clever Cookie in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup at York (1m 6f) in May.
"He joined us in the New Year having coming from Luca Cumani. He had a period of being turned out and a period of doing a bit of dressage with one of our local International riders and he is horse I don't know a lot about. He is a horse who appeared to lose his form towards the end of last year so we are hoping the change of scenery might revive him. Something like the John Porter is a possible starting place."
4 b g Dubawi - Ship's Biscuit
No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 80. Runner-up in both of his starts in maidens last April when trained by Sir Michael Stoute - beaten three lengths by Murad Khan at Kempton (1m) and seven lengths by Victory Bond at Ripon (1m 2f).
"He is another horse who is new to the yard and a horse that has, in the past, been a worrier and rather nervous. With his pedigree he is bred to improve and stay well and I hope with patience we can get him back to the races and start picking up races."
4 b g Champs Elysees - Coming Back
Winner of two of his 8 starts and currently rated 87. Scored by three quarters of a length from London Prize at Haydock (2m) last October when trained by Charlie Hills
"He is a fine big horse who hasn't moved into the yard yet. He is in pre-training and has been gelded. He is bred to improve and has patient owners and Champs Elysees get better as they get older and love a trip. This horse could stay two miles plus."
6 b g Invincible Spirit - Majestic Sakeena
Winner of three of his 17 starts and currently rated 105. Better effort this season when third, beaten a short neck, to Salateen in a listed contest at Wolverhampton (7f) in March.
"He was disappointing in the Lincoln for no apparent reason and, perhaps if he has been drawn the other side he may have got closer but you couldn't say he would have won. He is a bit of an old character now but I think his prep run at Wolverhampton was a good run and I hope we will find the right race for him again."
b g Bated Breath - Iwunder
Winner of one of his 3 starts and rated 83. Pleasing return at Lingfield (7f) in January when scoring by two and a quarter lengths from Saxon Flames.
"He slightly surprised us with the manner of his victory at Lingfield and the handicapper has taken no chances giving him a rating of 83. I think he has improved since last year and seven furlongs and a mile will suit. I think he will need a good level track and hopefully he will progress."
b f Nathaniel - Amber Queen
"She is a very big and immature filly who didn't do anything last year. She should stay well and will probably be seen out at the end of the month."
b c Frankel - Dorcas Lane
Winner of his only start at Sandown (1m) in September by a length and three quarters from Hamada and given a rating of 87.
"He won an average maiden race at Sandown and was given a rating of 87 which is probably fair. It will be interesting to see how far he stays as on his dam's side he wants a mile and a half - Frankel we don't know about yet but he was bred to stay a mile and a half as well. He will start in either a handicap or a conditions race or a Derby Trial - we haven't decided yet."
b g Casamento - Kirk Wynd
"He is a big fine looking horse who was immature last year. He is starting to move into fast work and showing promise. We will start at a mile/mile and a quarter and he may stay a mile and a half."
ch g Casamento - Glynebourne
"He was immature last year and will start off in a maiden race over seven furlongs or a mile to start with at the end of April. He is just going into full work so we will know more in a few weeks."
b c Canford Cliffs - Street Style
Unplaced on his only start at Salisbury (7f) in September when trained by Richard Hughes.
"He is new to me and I don't know a lot about him but he has a nice pedigree. He will probably need a trip."
b c Canford Cliffs - View
Made a successful debut at Windsor (1m 2f) on Monday when beating Mistress Quickly a head
"He is another Canford Cliffs colt out of a Galileo mare. Again, he wasn't ready to run last year and made a winning debut at Windsor on Monday. He had been showing a bit of promise and we didn't want him to have a hard race but Harry (Bentley) was to told to give him a flick if he had too and he did just that. He travelled nicely in the race and it was a lovely introduction - we will just have to see what the handicapper does with him now."
b f Rip Van Winkle - Bristol Fashion
Unplaced in her only start at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in October.
"She had one run and showed nothing at Nottingham in the Autumn on very soft ground. She is an unknown quantity who is bred to stay and bred to improve. Hopefully, we will see better from her."
b f Zamindar - Moonlight Rhapsody
Unplaced on her only start at Salisbury (7f) in September.
"Had one run and didn't show much but she is bred to be suited by a mile and a quarter so, hopefully, this year she will be a better filly. There are no plans yet."
b g Sir Prancealot - Dubai Diamond
Winner of one of his 3 starts and currently rated 82 . Off the mark at Kempton (6f) in October when scoring by a length and a quarter from Nibras Again.
"He won his race over six furlongs at Kempton quite readily and he will always be a sprinter. He is bred to be fast being by Sir Prancealot and he will be contesting the sort of 0-85/0-90 handicaps and he will improve."
ch g Bated Breath - Sandglass
Unplaced on his debut at Chelmsford (7f) in November.
"He ran once rather disappointingly at Chelmsford and I would like to think that he is better than that."
b f First Defence - Ventoux
"She is a big rangy attractive filly with a nice Juddmonte pedigree. She will be suited by fast ground and possibly the all weather and a mile and a quarter plus."
ESPRIT DE CORPS
b g Sepoy - Corps De Ballet
Better effort when second, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Chessman at Kempton (7f) in November.
"He was placed in an average race at Kempton and probably ran to mid 70's at best. He might start off a Bath over six furlongs but he give me the impression that seven or a mile will suit him as he matures."
b g Nathaniel - Ronaldsay
No wins from three starts but promise when fourth in maidens at Sandown (7f) in August and York (7f) in September. Given a mark of 73.
"He was a little disappointing in his last run but we hope being by Nathaniel and being gelded that we will see a better horse over a trip."
ch f Frankel - African Rose
Winner of two of her 4 starts and currently rated 110. Massively impressive four length winner from Kilmah in the Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot (6f) in July and slightly disappointing when heavily odds-on and beaten in her subsequent two starts. Finished third, beaten a length and a half, to Queen Kindly in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York (6f) in August and second, beaten a length and a quarter, to Spain Burg in the Group 2 Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket (7f) in September.
"I am pleased with her so far - she has grown and is definitely heavier than last year. She just disappointed in her last two races and particularly on her final start. She looked very exciting at Ascot and there was no apparent reason for her final run but she may have been growing at that stage. She may be a better filly this year and will be suited by a mile. The 1000 Guineas is the plan at the moment and she will go there without a race."
ch c Dubawi - Kazeem
"He is a full brother to Al Kazeem. He is a big strong horse and not as refined as his full brother. He is tough, lazy and a bit of an unknown quantity and I am sure he will improve from racing. What level he gets too we don't know."
b f High Chaparral - Diara Angel
Finished third, beaten 15 lengths, to Horseplay on her only start at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in October
"She was a filly that also ran on horrible ground at Nottingham and stayed on eventually to finish third. She was very weak last year and should be capable of improving this year."
b c Sea The Stars - Hector's Girl
"He is a fine big horse measuring 17 hands and the biggest in the yard. He is a good moving horse and, as a result of his size, we have just had to be patient. He will probably be suited by more than a mile but will start over a mile and doesn't want to be running around Bath or Brighton."
b g Royal Applause - Hypoteneuse
Winner of two of his 4 starts and currently rated 90. Winner at Ffos Las (7 1/2f) in June when beating Naval Warfare half a length and followed up with a neck victory from Proud Arch at Ripon (1m) in August off a mark of 84.
"He did well last year and ended up winning twice and being placed twice. He is rated 90 and looks to have done well during the Winter. I think he will stay a mile and a quarter and maybe a bit more. I am happy with him."
ch f Nathaniel - Our Queen of Kings
"She is a well bred filly by Nathaniel who, again, should come into her own this year. She shows promise and will probably start at a mile and stay further."
b c Dansili - Reflective
"He is a big strong horse who was immature last year and is a half brother to Biographer. He should stay welll."
b c Dubawi - Polygon
Highly respectable debut at Kempton (1m) last week when runner-up, beaten three and three quarter lengths to the odds-on Bowerman.
"He is a big strong horse and his dam stayed a mile and a half. He ran a very solid race over a mile at Kempton last week and will stay a mile and a quarter and probably a mile and a half. He is a typical Dubawi quite tough
b g Medicean - Ship's Biscuit
Unplaced in three start and currently rated 61.
"He was a little disappointing last year. His pedigree would suggest that he will improve when he goes over a trip.
PRINCESS DE LUNE
gr f Shamardal - Princess Serena
"She is a filly with a nice pedigree and is closely related to Rizeena of Clive Brittain's. She is a tall filly that has needed a lot of time and patience and she will probably appreciate quicker ground rather than soft. She is likely to start over seven furlongs, will stay a mile and she has shown promise."
b f Footstepsinthesand - Dolma
"She is a half sister to Thistlebird as well as to Old Guard and McCreery who has done well particularly in Australia. She needs a bit of time and will probably start off at a mile."
b f Poet's Voice - Acquifer
Winner of one of her 3 starts and currently rated 73. Successful on her debut at Bath (5 1/2f) in June when beating Lexington Sky a length.
"She won first time out then slightly disappointed and she needs to relax.
br g Bated Breath - Modern Look
Winner of one of his 4 starts and currently rated 82. Off the mark on his final start at Lingfield (6f) in August when beating Darkroom Angel a length and a half.
"He is from the first crop of Bated Breath and will probably stay six and maybe seven if he relaxes enough. He starts off with a rating of 82 and will be running in those three-year-old handicaps."
b g Oasis Dream - Quiet
Unplaced on his only start at Windsor (6f) in June.
"He hasn't run since early last year when he didn't show much. He has been gelded and he is bred to be better than that. You get six and seven furlong maiden races in May and hopefully he will run better."
b g Sea The Stars - Nantyglo
Better effort on debut at Newbury (1m) in October when fourth, beaten three and a half lengths, to Sound Bar.
"He is a typical Sea The Stars and a late maturing horse. He should stay a mile and a quarter plus. He showed promise at Newbury and was a little bit disappointing at Nottingham on his second start but got struck into that day. He should progress to be a nice staying three-year-old handicapper."
STONE THE CROWS
b g Cape Cross - Stars In Your Eyes
Promise in both starts and second, beaten six lengths, to Azam at Kempton (1m 2f) in November.
"He is a fine big horse who did well to make it to the races at two. He is a good mover, a little bit headstrong but definitely needs a trip.
b f Dubawi - Passage of Time
"She is a full sister to Time Test and wasn't really trained last year at all. She has been showing promise and probably wants to start in a mile maiden race on a straight course."
ch c Frankel - Turama
Came closest to victory in 3 starts when beaten half a length by Seniority on his debut at Newmarket (7f) in August and currently rated 83.
"First time out he showed plenty of promise when looking like winning a four horse race at Newmarket. Next time he ran alright then disappointed me really at Wolverhampton. He can be a little bit keen and needs to relax. I doubt he will stay beyond a mile."
b f Nathaniel - Longing To Dance
"She is still unanamed but she is a good looking good moving filly. She is a half sister to Be My Gal who did well for us."
AYRAD - has been gelded over the Winter and that could help him take his form to another level.
DECORATED KNIGHT - taking a short break but tough sort who can add to his tally.
MAKZEEM - half brother to Al Kazeem who could well find further improvement at four.
SECOND STEP - seemed to lose his way last season but change of scenery could well work the oracle.
FAIR EVA - looked a world beater in the Princess Margaret and every chance that impression could be confirmed this term.
TIME CHASER - full sister to Time Test who could well make hay when she sets foot on the Racecourse.