Many wonderful trainers end their careers having never won the Derby.
Roger Charlton wasted no time achieving the feat, winning the premier Classic in his first season with a licence via Quest For Fame in 1990. And for good measure, he won the French version with Sanglamore in the same year!
Charlton has never looked back and has more than 1200 winners to his name.
He took over at Jeremy Tree’s Beckhampton House Stables in Wiltshire after 12 years as his assistant, during which time he helped to prepare stars like Rainbow Quest, Known Fact, Sharpo and Danehill.
Charlton was particularly successful with sprinters for a time, winning two Sprint Cups at Haydock Park with Tamarisk (1998) and Tante Rose (2004) plus two Prix de L’Abbayes, France’s top sprint, with Patavellian (2003) and Avonbridge (2005). Bated Breath was another top-class sprinter.
One of Charlton’s most popular performers has been Al Kazeem, who the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland in May, Coral-Eclipse and Prince of Wales’s Stakes during a fabulous six-week period in 2013 before retiring to stud at the end of that year.
But he returned to the track in 2014 after fertility problems and ran his best race in the 2014 QIPCO Champion Stakes when touched off by Noble Mission.
Decorarted Knight, Aspetar and Quadrilateral have been recent Group 1 winners for him. The last-named was placed in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes in 2020.
Quadrilateral’s sire was the all-conquering Frankel and Charlton had a part in his story as he trained Kind, who was his speedy dam.