Caulfield dress re­hearsal

Waikato Times - - Racing -

Four-year-old mare Bon­neval goes into Saturday’s Group I A$1 mil­lion Caulfield Stakes (2000m) in a rich vein of form.

After 10 ca­reer starts, the Mur­ray Baker and An­drew trained daugh­ter of Makfi has won seven, in­clud­ing three Group I races in her cur­rent win­ning se­quence of six.

The dual Oaks win­ner has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the rac­ing pub­lic on both sides of the Tas­man, and boasts im­pres­sive vic­to­ries in the Group II Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Group I Un­der­wood Stakes (1800m) this cam­paign.

‘‘She just keeps win­ning and win­ning good races. Peo­ple love a horse that keeps rais­ing the bar and win­ning im­pres­sively,’’ Fors­man said.

Bon­neval is dis­put­ing Caulfield Stakes favouritism with Hart­nell, but she is alone at the top of mar­kets for the Group I A$3 mil­lion Caulfield Cup (2400m) on Oc­to­ber 21.

‘‘She’s going re­ally well and she’s just about to let go of the last bit of her win­ter coat so she’s look­ing good at the right time,’’ Fors­man said.

‘‘She’s shap­ing like she’s look­ing for a stay­ing trip, look­ing for fur­ther than the 2000m on Saturday, but there’s no doubt she’s got the class to win.

‘‘They rode Hart­nell back last time so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see if they go for­ward with him on Saturday but we’ll be rid­ing our race with both of ours.’’

Join­ing Bon­neval in the Caulfield Stakes is Baker and Fors­man’s Group I Aus­tralian Derby win­ner Jon Snow, a smart last-start win­ner of the Group III JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Val­ley and also us­ing Saturday’s race as a lead-up to the Caulfield Cup.

‘‘He’s thrived over there,’’ Fors­man said of the If­fraaj en­tire.

‘‘The ques­tion with him is 2000m weight-for-age, he’s not ideally placed be­cause he’s an­other one now look­ing for 2400m. We’re just look­ing for an­other good, solid run from him ahead of the Caulfield Cup.’’

Bon­neval was al­ready as­sured of a start in the Caulfield Cup be­fore her Un­der­wood win made her ex­empt from bal­lot and Jon Snow has a start guar­an­teed at sixth spot on the or­der of en­try but sta­ble­mate Lizzie L’Amour re­mains less cer­tain of a start at 20th on the or­der for the 18-horse field.

The Zabeel mare will seek to fur­ther en­hance her chances of a start when she tack­les Sun­day’s Listed Cran­bourne Cup (2025m).

‘‘We’re re­ally happy with her. She was un­lucky last time at Moonee Val­ley but she should get her chance on Sun­day,’’ Fors­man said.

‘‘If she’s going to be com­pet­i­tive in a Caulfield Cup, she should prob­a­bly be win­ning the Cran­bourne Cup.

She needs to show that she de­serves her chance and while Cran­bourne is a tight-turn­ing track and prob­a­bly not ideal for her, hope­fully she can get the breaks and take ad­van­tage of her op­por­tu­nity.’’


Bon­neval could make it seven wins on the bounce when she con­tests Saturday’s Caulfield Stakes.

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