A talented field of 15 has been confirmed in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) final field, highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.
Boban charged home to secure a third Group 1 victory in the 2014 edition of the Chipping Norton Stakes, and has been confirmed for a title defence at Warwick Farm this weekend.
Undoubtedly finding career-best form over the 2013 Spring Carnival, Boban posted a perfect record of five wins from as many starts, including both the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) most notably.
Unable to make much of an impact over two starts in 2014, the Bernardini gelding returned to the winner’s circle with ease in the Chipping Norton, but returned to the paddock following two more luckless efforts.
Having returned to competitive condition over four spring starts, Boban has again steadily built to the task over two starts this time in and will leave from the central barrier 8 in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes.
Trainer Chris Waller is set to dominate the running of the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes having included a total of eight runners in the final field, including the likes of He’s Your Man, Weary and Who Shot Thebarman.
Securing five wins and a further seven minor place finishes over his 20 start career so date, He’s Your Man posted several impressive results over the 2014 Spring Carnival; running third in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) on September 13th before taking out the Group 3 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) and the Epsom Handicap; returning to the paddock following an agonizingly-close second in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
Allocated the outside barrier 15, Blake Shinn has been confirmed to take the ride on He’s Your Man in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes.
French import Weary immediately stamped his claims as one to watch over his maiden Australian preparation through the 2014 autumn; winning the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) and finishing in the minors in both the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) most notably.
While unable to reach competitive condition in spring, the son of Astronomer Royal returned to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) first-up this time and progressed to a credible third in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) last time out on February 14th.
Who Shot Thebarman charged home to win last year’s edition of the Group 1 Auckland Cup (3200m), and while unable to make an impact upon first arriving in Australia, the Yamanin Vital won each of the Sofitel Girls Day Out Handicap (2000m) and Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2520m) before placing an impressive third in the Melbourne Cup.
In what is without doubt this weekend’s most talent-rich field, Silent Achiever (barrier 3), Lucia Valentina (barrier 11) and Ninth Legion (barrier 12) have also been confirmed.
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2015 Chipping Norton Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||9x431850x9||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||–||1||59kg||113|
|2||70x4559x97||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||8||59kg||112|
|3||11x22221x8||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Sam Clipperton||9||59kg||111|
|4||0x313112x6||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||15||59kg||110|
|5||4x131x18x1||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||4||59kg||109|
|6||7514080×00||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||5||59kg||108|
|7||3x861D70x0||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||–||13||59kg||108|
|8||132x560x13||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||10||59kg||108|
|9||19x071103x||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||–||7||59kg||108|
|10||85x7334x12||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||12||59kg||105|
|11||62x050160x||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||2||59kg||104|
|12||9x405143x0||DISCLAIMER (GB)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Joshua Parr||6||59kg||97|
|13||13x521167x||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James Doyle||14||58.5kg||100|
|14||114x4593x5||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Kerrin McEvoy||3||57kg||116|
|15||13x16130x4||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||11||57kg||111|