Godolphin trainer John O’Shea may have cameo role to play in Melbourne jockeys’ premiership   Leave a comment

Godolphin trainer John O’Shea may have cameo role to play in Melbourne jockeys’ premiership

“Both Dwayne and Craig Williams have been very good to me when they can, so if we can be of some assistance to either person in their quest to win it, it would be great,” O’Shea said.

Contributer, ridden by Jamie McDonald, wins this year’s Ranvet Stakes.

Contributer, ridden by Jamie McDonald, wins this year’s Ranvet Stakes. Source: News Corp Australia

GODOLPHIN trainer John O’Shea began preparing his heavy artillery for the spring carnival on Monday, but before his horses head south he might have a cameo role to play in the Melbourne jockeys’ premiership.

O’Shea has engaged title contender Dwayne Dunn to ride Sanzio in the last race at Moonee Valley tomorrow, provided the four-year-old gelding can get a start – it is listed as third emergency with one scratching to date.

“Obviously Sanzio has got a chance if he gets a run. But he’s had no luck, I think he’s been balloted out of his last three races.”

Dunn has ridden 52 winners for the season, one behind Craig Williams and one ahead of Damien Oliver. All three are riding at the Valley on Wednesday.

O’Shea will have a stronger presence in shaping the Sydney jockeys’ premiership, saying he would be making a concerted push for stable rider Jamie McDonald to lift the title.

McDonald, who has returned from a European holiday and leads Blake Shinn by one with five meetings left, will ride five or six for Godolphin tomorrow and another five or six for the stable on Saturday.

But Monday was all about the stable’s star imports Hartnell and Contributer for a buoyant O’Shea, with the pair doing their first fast work on the road to spring.

“We had a great morning,” the trainer said of the Sydney autumn stars which are scheduled to clash in the Cox Plate.

O’Shea said Ranvet Stakes winner Contributer would kick-off its campaign in the 1600m Dato Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley in September and then be third-up into the Cox Plate, while Hartnell would have its first run in Sydney in the Chelmsford Stakes. Only Hartnell would progress to the Melbourne Cup.

“Last season with Contributer – and we are still learning about him as I’ve only had him for five runs – we found that his third run was quite a nice run. So consequently we’ll have him go to the Cox Plate third-up,” he said.

“With Hartnell, he probably just overraced in the Sydney Cup … so 10 days into the Cup from the Cox Plate would take the edge out of him,” O’Shea said.

Godolphin was also expected to send more European imports to O’Shea for the spring, with the first of the crop, the lesser rated Duca Valentinois, currently in transit.

O’Shea said Sweynesse would be set for the Epsom Handicap, while smart three-year-old colts Tarquin and Moher were shaping as the stable’s main players for the Caulfield Guineas.

Originally published as Spring nears for Goldophin stars

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Posted July 14, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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