Bowman reunites with Bonneval
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.