The colours of top US owner George Bolton were carried to victory at Royal Ascot on Friday by High Chaparral’s son Contributer (4c High Chaparral-Serisia, by Exit To Nowhere) in the Listed Wolferton Handicap.
Jockey George Baker bided his time on Ed Dunlop’s charge before swooping in the closing stages to get up by half a length.
“This is George’s first horse in England and he has won at Royal Ascot,” said Bolton. “He has come over especially to watch Contributer run so I am delighted for him and the horse as well.
“We have always thought a lot of him and he was my best three-year-old last season when he was fourth in the King Edward VII Stakes having got struck into. This year he was second to Magician in the Dee Stakes and he ran very well against Noble Mission at Sandown. We decided to wait for this after he got stuck in the mud at Sandown.
“He had to carry a lot of weight today and was drawn badly but I was surprised he was 14/1. I hate horses coming around the outside so George (Baker) dropped him in and it worked. It was an exceptional ride. I needed a winner and this is a big day for us.”
California-based Bolton added: “This is the highlight of my racing career – to go to Ascot and win a race. It’s very exciting and great for the US to come and win a few over here.
“I was so proud of George Baker because I was thinking that we were too far back turning for home and everybody kept on saying it is a short stretch and you have to get going. He got to the outside, saved ground the whole way and gave the perfect ride.”
Contributer, who was bred by the Petra Bloodstock Agency, was bought for Bolton for 130,000gns at the 2012 Tattersalls Craven Breeze-Up Sale by David and Angie Loder.
It was a second high-profile win at Royal Ascot this year for High Chaparral, following the success of Toronado (4c High Chaparral-Wana Doo, by Grand Slam) in Tuesday’s G1 Queen Anne Stakes.