Godolphin runner Contributer has continued his incredible run through the 2015 Autumn Carnival; displaying an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight to take out the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).
Jumping from the gates only fairly, jockey James McDonald settled Contributer off the pace of early Ranvet Stakes leaders Fast Dragon, Silent Achiever and Tosen Stardom, who set a fast tempo away from the barriers and rounding the bend.
Arriving on the final straight six lengths off the pace of Fast Dragon, the High Chaparral entire quickly spooled-up and charged forward; finding the fore of the pack with 200m to run and hitting the line more than a length in the clear of Tosen Stardom; Lucia Valentina running on for third.
McDonald delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Contributer for success in the 2015 Ranvet Stakes and was quick to praise the efforts of Godolphin, trainer John O’Shea and his talented mount in the success.
“This horse is superior to any horse racing in the country and I think he’s stamped himself as the best horses in Australia,” McDonald said.
O’Shea was on hand for Contributer’s commanding win in the 2015 Ranvet Stakes and confirmed the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 of The Championships will figure as his next point of call.
“James has always been adamant that if we ride him a little bit quieter he’ll accelerate better, and I think we saw that today,” O’Shea said.
“It was a wonderful performance with an electric turn of foot and we’ve been happy with him at home.
“The ground was a big worry for us and I said when he was going out that if he was feeling the ground you look after him, but the horse told us he was comfortable and James rode him accordingly.
“We’ll just get him home, keep him going and we’ll turn up in three weeks’ time and hope.”
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2015 Ranvet Stakes Results
|1||1||CONTRIBUTER (IRE)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||–||5||59kg||$2.50F|
|2||5||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Yasutoshi Ikee||Tommy Berry||1.3L||1||58.5kg||$4.40|
|3||7||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||2.6L||2||57kg||$6|
|4||6||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Kerrin McEvoy||3L||6||57kg||$9|
|5||2||DOMINANT (IRE)||John Moore||Damien Oliver||3.6L||3||59kg||$21|
|6||3||HE’S YOUR MAN (FR)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||4.1L||7||59kg||$7|
|7||4||FAST DRAGON||Bruce Wallace||Brenton Avdulla||4.2L||4||59kg||$61|