Fiveandahalfstar “Will Definitely” Run in 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes

February 24, 2015

Fiveandahalfstar “Will Definitely” Run in 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes

After 22 months on the sidelines due to reoccurring injuries, Fiveandahalfstar resumed in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) on February 14.

Fiveandahalfstar is ready to go for the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm.

Fiveandahalfstar is ready to go for the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm. Photo by Steve Hart.

The race was unsuitably short for the five-year-old gelding, who is much more suited to middle-distance races, and while he finished second last it was a solid run after so long off the scene, considering he was just three and a half lengths off winner Heart Testa.

Trainer Anthony Cummings was just happy to see Fiveandahalfstar racing again. He believes the gelding is back on track for his first autumn campaign since 2013 and delivered a good first-up result.

Fiveandahalfstar is one of 16 horses nominated for the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm this Saturday. Cummings revealed the gelding would definitely be running in the race despite having to go up against some of the best horses in Sydney.

“He did a good job first up, showed a bit of dash and ran well,” Cummings told Racing Network on Tuesday morning.

“I was more than satisfied with the way he went. He’s really sound and ready to go again.

“He had a good gallop here (Randwick) this morning and he’ll definitely run on Saturday.”

Fiveandahalfstar had a brilliant season as a three-year-old, winning both the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and Group 1 The BMW (2400m) as well as running second in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) and Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m).

He will enjoy the step up in distance to a mile in the 2015 Chipping Norton Stakes when he takes on the likes of defending champion Boban, Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) winner Contributer, and top-class mare Lucia Valentina.

As for the remainder of the autumn carnival, Cummings will wait and see how Fiveandahalfstar runs on Saturday before deciding where to go next.

“We’ve got lots of options and plenty of races to choose from, so we’ll just see what happens on Saturday first then make some plans,” Cummings said.

If you believe Fiveandahalfstar has the makings of a comeback story you can back him at $41 odds in the Chipping Norton Stakes futures market at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Open your betting account today to receive up to $250 in a bonus match on your first bet. Simply quote code: BETBONUS to receive yours.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field