2015 Chipping Norton Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw

February 25th, 2015

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.

2014 champion Boban has been confirmed in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

2014 champion Boban has been confirmed in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes final field. Photo: Steve Hart

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