Talented miler Boban has produced an incredible final straight sprint to return to form and claim the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) ahead of resuming champion It’s A Dundeel and Hawkspur.
Having jumped poorly and being left nearly 7 lengths off the pace from the start, Boban recovered and settled at the back of the pack alongside resounding favourite It’s A Dundeel, before coming from nowhere to fly up alongside his major rival and a hard-fighting Moriarty and pass the line nearly two lengths in the clear.
Trainer Chris Waller was relieved by the impressive third-up run by the talented Bernardini gelding, who has taken a while to get going after a perfect 2013 spring.
”He was very good” Waller said after securing another Group 1 with the exciting four-year-old.
“He always looked to be travelling well, but obviously when you’re chasing horses down like It’s A Dundeel, you can never be too confident.
“It’s a long straight; he gradually wore them down and won quite convincingly in the end.
“Glyn rode him with confidence and that’s been the turning point in this horse’s career. No disrespected to any other jockey that’s ridden him. It’s a simple method; this horse goes very well for Glyn Schofield.”
“It proved where he was in the spring, that he’s come back the same way in the autumn. He’s got a pretty ambitious plan ahead. I don’t know where we’ll go but probably the George Rider and then obviously the Queen Elizabeth.”
Glyn Schofield delivered another brilliant performance on Boban and was quick to praise the efforts of Chris Waller in preparations, as well as his star partner.
“He’s got the horse to turn his first two performance around to peak today and I think he’s won this race four of five times in a row now” Schofield said of the leading trainer following the Chipping Norton.
“He (Boban) went down to the post a lot keener that he has for me before, and I just knew I had to be negative on him from the word go.
“The fence just opened up, nobody wanted to be on it and I thought oh well, I’ll take it and try to get off it when I can.
“Once I peeled off their backs at the top of the straight the old Boban was back and his acceleration was there and away he went.”
Schofield was impressed with the form of leading contender It’s A Dundeel first-up, but was excited to see Boban return to form.
“Certainly a solid horse he had to get past; he was first-up and we were third-up we can’t forget, but the best part about the whole thing is the horse is back on track” he added.
Boban’s return to form has blown betting markets wide open for both the 2014 Doncaster Mile and 2014 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
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2014 Chipping Norton Stakes Results
|1||2||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||–||4||59kg||$4.80|
|2||1||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||James McDonald||1L||1||59kg||$1.85F|
|3||3||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Jim Cassidy||2L||5||59kg||$16|
|4||4||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||2.6L||7||59kg||$9|
|5||5||MONTON||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton (a)||3L||2||59kg||$12|
|6||7||PRINCE CHERI (FR)||David Vandyke||Jay Ford||3.4L||3||59kg||$21|
|7||8||ORDER OF THE SUN||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||4.7L||8||56kg||$17|
|8||6||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Blake Shinn||5.4L||6||59kg||$101|