She’s a Bonny mare

The Sportsman Weekend - - Chartform Chartform - By SHAYNE O’CASS

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.

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