What a day: James McDonald capped a great day at Rosehill by winning The BMW aboard Hartnell.What a day: James McDonald capped a great day at Rosehill by winning The BMW aboard Hartnell. Photo: Getty Images

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It was a war Godolphin’s jockey James McDonald thought might have been over before it started.

The minutes before the start of The BMW, which Godolphin won with Hartnell, were more tense than the race itself for McDonald.

“He was just full of himself and [when he] got up in the stalls [he] got his leg on the gates,” McDonald said. “I was worried, real worried. Once I got back on him after the vet had a look at him, he was just ready to go.