Following 12 years as assistant trainer to Jeremy Tree, during which time he helped to prepare stars like Rainbow Quest, Known Fact, Sharpo and Danehill, Roger Charlton took over the licence at Tree’s famous Beckhampton stables in Wiltshire in February 1990.
He got off to the most fantastic start, saddling two Derby winners in his very first season when Quest For Fame landed the Epsom Classic and Sanglamore took the French version.
Since then he has been particularly successful with sprinters, winning two Sprint Cups at Haydock Park with Tamarisk (1998) and Tante Rose (2004) and two Prix de L’Abbayes, France’s top sprint, with Patavellian (2003) and Avonbridge (2005).
Bated Breath, who filled the runner-up spot behind Dream Ahead in two QIPCO British Champions Series races in 2011, the Darley July Cup and the Betfred Sprint Cup, stamped himself as another top class sprinter.
The five-year-old began his 2012 campaign in the best possible way when landing the five-furlong Group 2 betfred.com Temple Stakes at Haydock Park on May 26, the first race in the Sprint category of the 2012 QIPCO British Champions Series, in course record time. He went on to finish second in the second Series sprint, the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, and third in race six, the Betfred Sprint Cup, before retirement.
Charlton’s other stable star in 2012 was Cityscape, easy winner of the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup Night at Meydan in March, who rounded off his season when runner-up to Excelebration in Europe’s richest mile race, the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on QIPCO British Champions Day.
His latest stable star was Al Kazeem and after winning the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in Ireland in May, he followed up in the third Middle Distance race of the QIPCO British Champions Series, the Prince of Wales’s Stakes, making him the outstanding mile and a quarter older horse in Europe so far this season.
He cemented that further when Al Kazeem landed the Coral-Eclipse, race four in the Middle Distance division, just two and a half weeks after his Royal Ascot triumph, though he was then beaten in the Juddmonte International, Irish Champion Stakes and the Arc before retiring to stud. But he returned to the track in 2014 after a below par display at stud and ran his best race in the QIPCO Champion Stakes when just touched off by Noble Mission.
He hit his first placing in the 2014 Series was when Captain Cat was second in the Shadwell Joel Stakes.
Charlton continued to make his presence felt in the QIPCO British Champions Series when Quest For More was narrowly touched off in the 2015 Goodwood Cup by Big Orange.
The same horse provided him with success in the Weatherby’sHamilton Lonsdale Cup at York in 2016.