Jockey Blake Shinn described The Chosen One’s win in the $160,000, Group 3 Cellarbrations Frank Packer Plate (2000m) at Randwick on Saturday as a consolation prize and he was right, though it was a consolation prize due in no small matter to his picture perfect ride.
Shinn settled The Chosen One last of the field and he waited patiently until the 600m on the High Street side and then he set the two of them off on a wide run around the field.
The Chosen One responded well and he went up and over the hill with ease levelling with the leaders and then it was away to the line in the middle of the track for a comfortable 1 1/2L win.
Dealmaker (Dundeel) and Hugh Bowman were the best of the rest with Purple Sector (NZ) (Pins) and Sam Clipperton third, the margin a short neck.
The time was 2.00.97 on the Good 4 track with the final 600m in 35.09.
The Chosen One (pink) and Blake Shinn, picture Stevehart.com.au
The Chosen One was 11th in the New Zealand Derby over 2400m at Ellerslie back on March 2nd and he then came back well to win the Group 3 Manawatu Classic over 2000m at Awapuni on March 30th.
The Baker and Forsman trained Savabeel colt came across to Sydney and he was fourth in the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby over 2400m on the 6th.
On Saturday, given clear racing room at all times by Shinn, he was clearly superior and an interesting spring awaits with Melbourne no doubt a stable aim.
“He has been up a long time but he keeps improving. He’s a quality bred colt, just maturing at the right time. It was great to see him get his just deserts today,” said co-trainer Andrew Forsman.
Forsman said that The Chose One would now return to New Zealand to spell before a spring campaign.
“It is a consolation [for the Derby], the prizemoney is significantly less but nonetheless it is great to get a winner here at Royal Randwick,” said Shinn.
“The Derby was a little bit frustrating. We were the victim of a wide barrier, we had to take him back. I thought his run was arguably the best run in the race and he brought that form here today. We made another searching run on him but we were coming back 400m in trip so I was mindful of that. He did the job nicely, he is a lovely horse.
“He got into some trouble in the NZ Derby. I feel getting him to the outside seeing as he isn’t an overly big horse, I think he appreciates that, just giving him some room and giving him that confidence to use his stride.
“It is great to win for Murray Baker and Andrew [Forsman]. It is my first winner for them so hopefully it is the start of a good associations,” he said.
The Chosen One, out of the Flying Spur mare The Glitzy One, was winning for the fourth time from 11 starts and with two second placings he has earned stakes of $279,571 for owners Mr A G Dennis, Mr C P Dennis, Mr D G Forde, Mr G J Popham, Mr G Dennis, Mr G R Miller, Mr Graham Raynor Redington, Mr K J Dennis, Miss J L Dunlop, Mrs N M C Robertson, Mrs P A Dennis, Mr N Van Schaik, Mr Paul Johnstone, Mr P M Jeffares, Mr P R Dennis, R Bonnington and Mr T V Rider.
Frank Packer Plate, photo finish picture ATC
What the beaten jockeys said:
Hugh Bowman (Dealmaker): “It was pleasing, a good run.”
Sam Clipperton (Purple Sector): “Very good run, 2000m might just see him out a bit.”
Damian Lane (Fun Fact): “Honest.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Carif): “Just a fair run, would liked to have been closer in the run, but he wasn’t able to get there today.”
Sam Weatherley (Home Win): “Probably didn’t look the best, but he just wants to run a long way further, probably up to 2400m and a fair bit of give in the ground and he’ll be back to his best.”
Adam Hyeronimus (Blast): “No luck.”
Jay Ford (Watch The Cat): “He actually got going late, wants further again.”
Tim Clark (Greysful Glamour): “Plain.”
Brenton Avdulla (House Of Cartier): “She ran terrific, got held up at a crucial time, she did a good job.”
Tommy Berry (Amangiri): “Should have won.”
James McDonald (On The White Turf): “She’s a lovely filly, she’ll make a really good filly in a couple of starts, she’s just learning her caper.”