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Outstanding racemare Time Charter dies at 26.

Byline: TONY MORRIS

TIME CHARTER, an exceptional racemare and a broodmare of enduring importance, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday night at Fair Winter Farm in Buckinghamshire.

She was 26 and had been in retirement since failing to conceive in 2001.

Bred and raced by Robert Barnett, and trained by Henry Candy, Time Charter had four active seasons on the racecourse, winning twice at two, four times at three, including the Oaks, the Sun Chariot Stakes and the Champion Stakes, twice - the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Prix Foy - at four, and once - the Coronation Cup - at five.

Her placings included seconds in the 1,000 Guineas and Eclipse Stakes, and she finished fourth in a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and another King George.

The most popular runner of her day, Time Charter was admired as much for her obvious enthusiasm for racing as for the sublime talent which earned her a Timeform rating of 131, a figure surpassed only by Pe - tite Etoile, Noblesse and Dunfermline among post-war Oaks winners.

The first indication of her class came when she finished second to On The House in the 1,000 Guineas over a distance that was inadequate for her. She was an authoritative winner of a vintage Oaks, in which Slightly Dangerous, Last Feather and Awaasif followed her home, and confirmed her quality with a devasting performance in the Champion Stakes, which she won by seven lengths.

The highlight of her four-year-old campaign came at Ascot, where she produced a fine turn of foot to defeat Diamond Shoal and Sun P rincess in the King George, and at five she gave her most visually impressive display, toying with Sun P rincess - a dual Classic winner herself - in the Coronation Cup.

Candy said yesterday: ``Time Charter was always the most tremendous character.

``She adored dropping everybody in her youth, very exuberant, and she was immensely tough. I think I'm right in saying she won Group races for three consecutive years, which takes quite a bit of doing, and she was just an absolute joy to train.''

The only runner of consequence sired by noted sprinter Saritamer, Time Charter was the first produce of Centrocon, a winner of the Lancashire Oaks and full-sister to three other Pattern winners in Nicholas Bill, Tale Quale and Centroline.

Her fifth dam, Harina, was a sister to Trigo, winner of the Derby and St Leger for William Barnett in 1929.

Time Charter has maintained the proud record of her wonderful family at stud, delivering 11 foals, of whom seven were winners, including Zinaad (by Shirley Heights), who won the Jockey Club Stakes and became the sire of 1,000 Guineas and Oaks winner Kazzia, and Time Allowed (by Sadler's Wells), winner of the Jockey Club Stakes and Princess Royal Stakes.

She is also grand-dam of Group 2 winners First Charter and Plea Bargain (in last month's King Edward VII Stakes) and a trio of Classic-placed performers - Private Charter, Time Away and Time Ahead.

Time Charter's influence will endure at Fair Winter, where four of her daughters - By Charter, Not Before Time, Time Saved and Time Honoured - and grand-daughters Sharp Terms and Time Away remain in service.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2005
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