Talented import Contributer has delivered the re-branded Godolphin Australia their first race win at the highest level; displaying a keen turn of foot in the final straight at Warwick Farm to take out the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).
Jumping from the gates well, jockey James McDonald settled the High Chaparral entire in prime position on the heels of the Chipping Norton Stakes’ early leaders, allowing a quick tempo away from the barrier and over the back straight.
Appearing to be blocked for a run upon arriving in the final straight, Contributer quickly spooled up and charged forward, finding the fore of the pack in the final 200m and sustaining a strong-enough sprinter to hold off a late charge from stable mate Hartnell; Hes’ Your Man boxing on for third.
Trainer John O’Shea was understandably pleased in saddling a quinella for Godolphin in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes, crediting his team for the impressive result.
“It was a great team effort more than anything. It is good because all of the team here today have worked hard to get this result. It is only the start,” O’Shea said after the race.
“The second horse ran very well as well which is very rewarding.
“It is a lovely result for everyone.”
James McDonald delivered a typically polished performance for success in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes and was quick to lay the praise on the Godolphin team for having Contributer in prime condition on Saturday.
“It means a lot, especially on this horse. John and the team have taken so much time getting the Europeans to peak for these sorts of races,” McDonald said.
“All of them have run out of their skin. They have all got so much sprint in their legs. It is credit to the team.
“I was very mindful of what was going to happen around me. I knew I was going to be babysitted a bit.
“I was mindful of keeping all of my dangers around me and then figuring out what to do after that. The horse did the rest, full credit goes to the horse; he is a super horse.”
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2015 Chipping Norton Stakes Results
|1||5||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||–||4||59kg||$2.50F|
|2||13||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James Doyle||0.5L||14||58.5kg||$18|
|3||4||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||0.7L||15||59kg||$9.50|
|4||14||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Kerrin McEvoy||1.3L||3||57kg||$10|
|5||9||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Christian Reith||1.4L||7||59kg||$61|
|6||1||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||1.7L||1||59kg||$41|
|7||10||NINTH LEGION||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Timothy Bell||2.4L||12||59kg||$9|
|8||11||OPINION (IRE)||Chris Waller||Tye Angland||2.6L||2||59kg||$151|
|9||15||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||3.2L||11||57kg||$5.50|
|10||3||FIVEANDAHALFSTAR||Anthony Cummings||Sam Clipperton||3.8L||9||59kg||$101|
|11||8||WEARY (FR)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||5L||10||59kg||$14|
|12||12||DISCLAIMER (GB)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Joshua Parr||7.2L||6||59kg||$151|
|13||6||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||7.5L||5||59kg||$41|
|14||2||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||9.9L||8||59kg||$13|
|15||7||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||10.2L||13||59kg||$101|