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Premier New Zealand trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have gained a consolation win at the Sydney carnival with The Chosen One’s victory in the Frank Packer Plate at Randwick.
The Chosen One finished fourth and stablemate Madison County second in the Australian Derby (2400m) won by Angel Of Truth.
Back to 2000m on a firm track in Saturday’s Group Three race, The Chosen One ($5.50) showed a superior turn of foot late to surge away from Dealmaker ($4.80) and win by 1-1/2 lengths with Purple Sector ($21) a short neck third.
Forsman said the team would not be tempted by the Brisbane winter carnival with the colt to be aimed at bigger races in the spring.
“He has been up a long time but he keeps improving,” Forsman said.
“He’s a quality bred colt, just maturing at the right time. It was great to see him get his just desserts today.
“Brisbane would be tempting but hopefully he’s got bigger fish to fry in the spring. You can’t do it everywhere.
“We had two big runs in the Derby but hadn’t had a winner in the carnival but they raced well enough so it was good to get the result today.”
Winning jockey Blake Shinn said the win showed The Chosen One’s true ability.
“It is a consolation for the Derby,” he said.
“The Derby was a little bit frustrating.
“We were the victim of a wide barrier and had to take him back.
“I thought his run was arguably the best run in the race and he brought that form here today.
“We made another searching run on him but we were coming back 400 metres so I was mindful of that.
“He is a lovely horse and it is great to win for Murray Baker and Andrew. It is my first winner for them so hopefully it is the start of a good association.”