Hong Kong had already come calling for The Chosen One with a $2 million offer before his Frank Packer Plate at Randwick on Saturday, but his owners might forgo the dollar to have a good horse.
The Chosen One came from last at the 800m to sweep around the field to grab a win he deserved courtesy of a smart Blake Shinn ride, while favourite supporters were left wondering what might have been.
Favourite Amangiri ($2.90) had settled perfectly in fifth coming to the turn but as the runs came she was shuffled back and had no luck from the top of the straight. She went from a challenging position to second last at the 200m mark, never got a chance to extend and went to the line untested.
“Should have won,” Tommy Berry said of Amangiri, which finished sixth beaten three lengths.
We got a good offer for him during the week but the owners didnt take it because they want to have a good horse.
Shinn didnt have that problem on The Chosen One ($5) as he rounded the field and raced away from a 1½ length win from Dealmaker ($5) with Purple Sector ($26) a short neck back third.
Shinn said he was confident after riding The Chosen One in the Australian Derby, where he was an eye-catching fourth.
“When they slowed up from the 1200m I had to go and he went quickly but was still able to sustain it," Shinn said.
“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.
“I was confident that we could make that 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.”
Andrew Forsman, who trains in partnership with Murray Baker, believes the best is yet to come from the Savabeel colt after the group 3.
“We got a good offer for him during the week but the owners didnt take it because they want to have a good horse,” Forsman said. “I think he is only going to get better in the spring.
“I was actually surprised he wasnt favourite in that race after his Derby run. It was the best run of the day, and Blake rode him with a little arrogance.Read More – Source