Baker gives Bon­neval all clear af­ter cup scare


Mas­ter trainer Mur­ray Baker was a re­lieved man on Sun­day morn­ing.

Baker and Cam­bridge train­ing part­ner An­drew Fors­man were given a scare when class mare Bon­neval was well beaten in Satur­day’s Caulfield Stakes (2000).

Stew­ards re­ported a post race vet­eri­nary ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed the mare had sus­tained a small wound on the off hind pastern and was lame in the near fore­leg and will re­quire a vet clear­ance be­fore rac­ing again.

While Bon­neval’s jockey Damian Lane stated he had dif­fi­culty ob­tain­ing a clear run from the 600m but was sat­is­fied with the run once into clear run­ning in the straight.

Baker said the mare was given a trot on Sun­day morn­ing and given the once over by his vet.

‘‘There’s noth­ing wrong with her,’’ he said.

‘‘She was vet­ted this morn­ing and there’s noth­ing wrong with her at all. She will be ready to run the race of her life.’’

Baker was will­ing to for­give the run by next Satur­day’s Caulfield Cup favourite.

‘‘I warned be­fore the race that she would find it dif­fi­cult from her wide draw,’’ he said. ‘‘I thought she went well. ‘‘She drew wide and had to go back plus she’s a mare who needs some room and hav­ing to change ground to try and find a run made her job tough.’’

Lane was aboard in the A$1 mil­lion race but his com­mit­ment to Hu­mi­dor in the A$3 mil­lion Caulfield Cup makes way for A$10 mil­lion The Ever­est hero Ker­rin McEvoy to take the ride on Bon­neval.

‘‘We haven’t backed her up be­fore but it shouldn’t be an is­sue, she’s a pretty laid back mare,’’ Baker said.

‘‘And Ker­rin’s a top jock and in form’’

Stephen Baster sticks with Jon Snow af­ter the pair earned A$90,000 for a gal­lant third (and Bon­neval A$20,000 for sixth) in the Caulfield Stakes.

‘‘He was very good,’’ Baker said.

‘‘He’s good, he’s very well that horse and he just needs a bit of rain to be a big chance on Satur­day - and we might get some too.’’

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