Refreshed O’Donnell Back In Winners’ List


It didn’t take long for top jockey Shaun O’Donnell to find his way to the winner’s list at Belmont, less than a week, in fact.

At his second meeting back from an overseas holiday, O’Donnell partnered Burgoyne in the Amelia Park Beef Plate (1200m).

“Three weeks and we are back in business,” O’Donnell said.

“It (riding) can be vigorous day in, day out.

“When you get older you’ve got to have a freshen up.

“It’s like you are living again.

“I love the horses and it’s great to be back competitive again.”

O’Donnell settled third from an inside barrier and never left the fence on Burgoyne, defeating Kakadu by a neck with Snowchino, who led, running third.

O’Donnell said Burgoyne, trained by Dan Morton, maximised the race conditions.

“Barrier one, cutaway and she didn’t mind the going because it’s a little bit soft out there,” O’Donnell said.

“Look, she had the pie run and was good enough to hold them off.

“She did it well.”

Morton predicts a bright future for Burgoyne, who bounced back strongly after running ninth to stable mate Baron Bostock when on debut last month.

“It probably was not as strong a depth as she met last start,” Morton said.

“I really do think she will do better.

“These War Chant fillies keep coming for you.

“I expect her to be one of those.

“She might have one or two runs and go to the paddock.”

Meanwhile French-born jockey Julien Kokotajlo posted his first Belmont victory when Massagi won the Rentokil Initial Handicap (1300m).

Julio Santarelli