Bow­man re­unites with Bon­neval

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STAR jockey Hugh Bow­man will be re united with Aus­tralian Oaks win­ner Bonn eva lin pur­suit of an­other Group 1 win in the Un­der­wood Stakes.

Bow­man rode Bonn ev alto an em­phatic vic­tory in the Group 1 A ust ra ian Oaks over2400m at Rand wick dur­ing this year’ s au­tumn can iv al.

The jockey was rid­ing in Syd­ney when the New Zealand mare made an im­me­di­ate spring state­ment with a firstup win in the Dato Tan Chin Na mS takes in Mel­bourne un­der jockey Damian Lane, but Bow­man will be back aboard in Sun­day’s 18 0 0m weight­for-age race at Cau l field.

Bon­nev al shares the sec on dine of early bet­ting at $5.50 with de- fend­ing cham­pion Black Heart Bart with Hart­nel lhe$1.90favoui te.

Co -t ra i ner Mur­ray Baker ar­rived back in Mel­bourne on Mon­day and is happy with Bonn eval’ s con­di­tion go­ing into her sec­ond spring start.

“She’s just a pretty la id-back horse who doesn’t do lot on t he t rack but she seems in good or­der ,” Baker said.

“This is a real test for her t week, so we’ ll know where we are with her.

“T h is is her toughest test to date. We’l l k now whether she’s back to hand icaps or stays at weight-for-age.”

Baker sa id it was doubt fu l t he reig n i ng New Zea land horse of the year wou ld a im for t he Cox Plate.

“We’re look i ng at t he Cau l field Cup,” he sa id.

Bon­neval won both the New Zealand and Aust ra l ian Oaks du r ing her prev ious prepa rat ion and aga in showed

class when she powered home fi rst-up, land- ing her fifth-straight vic­tory.

Baker has won the Un­der wood h ree times with The Phan­tom (1990), Lion Tamer (2011) and It’ s A Dun de el 013). The ride on Bon­nev al is pat of a busy week­end for Syd­ney-based Bow­man who will be in ac­tion at a three Group 1 meet ngs in Aus­tralia.

His book of ride sat Moo nee Val­ley tonight inc lu des­favouiteR us­sian Rev­o­lu­tion in the Group 1 Moi r Stakes.

At Rand wick to­mor­row hi sides in the Group 1 races are Fox­play in the Ep­som Hand­i­cap, Who Shot The bar­man The Metropoli­tan and Sweet Deal in the FlightS takes.

“This is a real test for her this week, so we’ll know where we are with her.” MUR­RAY BAKER

Hugh Bow­man rides Bon­neval to win the Aus­tralian Oaks.

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