Gone But Not Forgotten

The loss of our Epsom Derby winner and leading sire High Chaparral was highlighted on Saturday in Australia when his high class Irish bred son Contributer  (5h High Chaparral x Serisia, by Exit to Nowhere) gave Godolphin their first Group I success in Australia for John O’Shea, while one of his daughters featured as the dam of Group I MRC Futurity Stakes winner Suavito.

A stunning five year-old entire, Contributer (pictured) looked good when resuming from a spell to win the Group II ATC Apollo Stakes at weight-for-age over 1400 metres earlier this month and looked even better when taking the ATC Chipping Norton Stakes over a mile at Warwick Farm by half a length.

“It’s a great team effort,” O’Shea said. “A lovely result for everyone.”

Contributer has won three of his four starts in Australia and has the overall record of seven wins from 13 starts with prizemoney topping $750,000..

“The plan was to follow a weight-for-age path with Contributer so the Ranvet will be his next run at this stage,” O’Shea said.

Contributer is the best of four winners from Group III winning Exit To Nowhere mare Sersia and is the 12th Group I winner for High Chaparral.

High Chaparral made it a stakes double when highly promising three year-old Alpine Eagle (3c High Chaparral x Zephyria, by Zabeel) landed the Group III MRC Autumn Stakes at Caulfield, flying home from nowhere to steal a narrow win in the 1800 metre contest.

The colt was brilliant on debut at Gawler back in May and has done little wrong since then winning three from three in his current preparation, his overall record four wins from five starts with prizemoney nearing $180,000.

His trainer Tony McEvoy indicated a trip back to Angaston to prepare for the Group I SAJC South Australian Derby was a likely option for the developing galloper, who is also entered for the Group I VRC Australian Guineas.

“He’s really exciting,” McEvoy said. “He looked in a lot of trouble wobbling around here and he did it a little bit at Morphettville last time.

“He’s still coming and for him to get up and win was incredible.

“He’s still in the Guineas next week. I’ll just let the dust settle. He’ll probably go home and have a freshen up and we’ll probably go towards the South Australian Derby. That’s probably favourite at the moment.”

A $240,000 NZB premier purchase from the Cambridge Stud draft, Alpine Eagle runs for renowned South Australian winemaker Wolf Blass and is a half-brother to recent stakes-winner Every Faith and is the second foal of Zephyria, a minor winning Zabeel mare from a European Black Type family.

High Chapparal also added another string to his bow as broodmare sire when his daughter Queen Cha Cha produced talented mare Suavito to capture the Group I MRC Futurity Stakes at weight-for-age over 1400 metres at Caulfield.

Suavito is the second Group I winner for High Chaparral as a broodmare sire joining Northern Hemisphere bred Starspangledbanner colt The Wow Signal.

High Chaparral died just before Christmas after covering 146 mares in Australia last spring and has good representation at upcoming sales with 21 entries for the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and 15 for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

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