She’s a Bonny mare
BONNY O’Reilly, Australia’s form mare, was built to succeed.
The Bjorn Bakertrained potential Stradbroke starter is bred on one of the most successful nicks in world breeding and a member of what Mark Chittick this week described as ‘Waikato Stud’s best family’.
Already the winner of seven of her nine appearances, Bonny O’Reilly will aim to keep her incredible strike-rate in tact in either the Group 2 BRC Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) or 1 Stradbroke Handicap
should she secure a run given that is the second emergency for $1.5m feature.
Bonny O’Reilly was bought by Bjorn Baker for $100,000 at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale out of Waikato Stud’s draft.
The filly is a combination of two of the Waikato Stud pillars namely O’Reilly and Pins.
This remarkable cross has worked so well over the years with 40 winners from 67 named foals bred on nick – five of those are stakes-winners namely Kelly O’Reilly, High Fashion, Wolfwhistle, Queens Rose and Bonny O’Reilly.
Waikato Stud’s association with this extraordinary family dates back to the 1970s the acquisition of NZ-bred mare Georgina Belle by the Farm’s patriarch Gary Chittick.
“Gary bought the Pakistan mare Georgina Belle in America and bought her back through England and put her in foal,” son Mark Chittick explained.
“It’s been an incredible family for us, it really has, and we’ve still got quite a lot of daughters still to race from the family — actually we’ve got a daughter out of (Bonny O’Reilly’s grand-dam) Escada.
“She had lots of foals and left two of them Group 1 winners and we’ve still got a an Ocean Park filly to race out of her.
“I painting commissioned for Gary’s 70th birthday and it was of the four full sisters that were all daughters of Georgina Bella’s daughter Celia Leigh who between them left multiple stakeswinners and Group 1 win
the winners of a 130-odd races, it was just incredible.”
Bonny O’Reilly is the second foal of her dam, Pretty, who foaled an Ocean Park filly in 2016 (pictured) and is presently in foal to NZ’s Champion Sire Waikato Stud resident Savabeel.
“We haven’t made a decision on who Pretty will go to, but if we were wanting to capitalise on this cross, Sacred Falls ( by O’Reilly) would be right at the top of the list, especially with quality foals that he is leaving,” Chittick says.