Equality, an impressive son of Equiano, further solidified his growing reputation with a commanding victory in the Group 3 Coral Charge at Sandown. Trained by the talented Charlie Hills and skillfully ridden by jockey William Buick, Equality carried the colours of owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds II to success. Bred by Mr & Mrs Gary Middlebrook, he is the second foal out of the Invincible Spirit mare Penny Drops. Kern Lillingston acquired him as a yearling in the premier sale at Doncaster for £50,000.
Building on a dominant performance in his recent handicap win, Equality showcased his progress as a sprinter by securing his first Group-level triumph. Although the field may not have been the strongest, it was evident that Equality has improved significantly. The talented colt currently holds entries in a couple of Group 1 races, but his trainer sees the Group 2 King George at Goodwood as an ideal short-term target. Notably, Charlie Hills has an exceptional track record in the race, having won it five times since 2017.
Following the race, trainer Charlie Hills expressed his long-held belief in Equality’s potential as a Group performer. While it took time for the colt to develop, Hills was delighted with his recent victory at Windsor and had set his sights on the Coral Charge. Equality’s ability to win from the front was evident, and Hills emphasized his versatility, stating that he can be ridden in different ways. The slight rain before the race likely played a role in his success, as the trainer highlighted the colt’s preference for ground conditions that are not overly firm. While Equiano, his sire, thrived on fast ground, Equality shows a slight difference in his preferences. As such, Hills expressed concern about very firm ground.
Looking ahead, all eyes will be on Equality as he continues his promising journey. The King George at Goodwood holds great appeal, providing an enticing opportunity for the colt to showcase his abilities. With his undeniable talent, growing confidence, and the expertise of Charlie Hills guiding his progress, Equality appears poised for further success on the racing stage.
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