Contributer Wins 2015 Apollo Stakes

February 14th, 2015

Talented Godolphin import Contributer has more than announced his Australian arrival at Randwick this afternoon, displayed an exceptional turn of foot in the final straight to take out the featured Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).

Contributer displayed a keen turn of foot to win the 2015 Apollo Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Contributer displayed a keen turn of foot to win the 2015 Apollo Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Jumping from the gates well, Contributer immediately settled mid-pack in the field of 14, allowing early leaders Queenstown, Ninth Legion and Weary to set a reasonable tempo away from the barriers and rounding the bend.

Finding the final straight wide and with plenty to do, the High Chaparral entire quickly spooled up and charged forward, hitting the fore of the pack with 100m to run and extending to beat Ninth Legion comfortably; Weary beating a fast-finishing Lucia Valentina for third in a photo.

Jockey James McDonald delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Contributer for success in the 2015 Apollo Stakes and was quick to praise the efforts of his classy partner in the victory.

“It was very good, he relaxed beautifully and he’s taken great improvement from the spring,” McDonald said immediately after dismounting.

“He got off the plane and won and ran credibly in the other race, but they were too good for him on that day.

“He’s got a turn of foot which most Europeans don’t come down with, so he’s got a bright future here in Australia.”

In taking out the 2015 Apollo Stakes, Contributer secured a fourth career win over a career which has also included three minor places finishes over a total of nine starts.

Yet to be confirmed for a specific target, the Godolphin stallion has stamped his claims as a serious contender for races like the Group 1 Chipping Norton (1600m) and Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

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2015 Apollo Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 8 CONTRIBUTER (IRE) John O’Shea James McDonald 6 59kg $5.50
2 7 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 1.5L 14 59kg $7.50
3 6 WEARY (FR) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1.8L 13 59kg $5.50
4 13 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 2L 9 57kg $4.40F
5 12 SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ) Roger James Kerrin McEvoy 2.7L 8 57kg $14
6 3 HE’S YOUR MAN (FR) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 2.8L 7 59kg $5.50
7 1 BOBAN Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 2.9L 2 59kg $14
8 14 DIAMOND DRILLE Gai Waterhouse Tim Clark 3.2L 1 57kg $20
9 2 FORETELLER (GB) Chris Waller Jason Collett 4L 5 59kg $51
10 10 MALAVIO Steve Englebrecht Christian Reith 5.2L 3 59kg $26
11 4 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 6.4L 10 59kg $31
12 5 JUNOOB (GB) Chris Waller Tye Angland 6.5L 11 59kg $71
13 15 QUEENSTOWN Gai Waterhouse Paul King 6.6L 12 57kg $81
14 11 DISCLAIMER (GB) Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 8.4L 4 59kg $81