Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Price Boosts, Racing Backups, Fluc Up!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Odds Boosts, Racing Offers, Massive MULTIS!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Image: Bruno Cannatelli
Bonneval is back in Melbourne to launch her spring campaign at Moonee Valley

Dual New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval is back in Melbourne to launch her spring campaign at Moonee Valley in the same race she won first-up a year ago.

Bonneval was last week crowned New Zealand’s champion horse for the second-straight year, courtesy of her Australian Group One win in the Underwood Stakes at Caulfield which came after her victory in the Group Two Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The star mare was ruled out of the autumn because of a suspensory ligament strain but co-trainer Andrew Forsman is looking forward to Bonneval’s return on Saturday in the Dato Tan Chin Nam (1600m).

“She travelled over yesterday morning and settled in well,” Forsman said.

“She’s stronger as you would expect as a five-year-old mare now. Physically and the way she’s working, we couldn’t be happier with her.”

Forsman said Bonneval needed the time to recover from the injury before building up for the spring.

“It was just a minor strain of the suspensory,” he said.

“At the time we hoped it wasn’t career-threatening and it doesn’t look like it will be but it just meant that we couldn’t press on with that preparation.”

The mare and Godolphin star Hartnell are among six Group One winners in the 22 nominations for the Dato (1600m).

Bonneval surprised co-trainer Murray Baker and Forsman with her convincing win last year and Forsman said there were similarities with how she was going this time.

“She’s just had the one trial and ideally we would have given her two, but it’s basically been a very similar preparation to last year,” he said.

“The only difference is she’s not coming off an autumn campaign and she is an older horse so that’s probably the niggling doubt that maybe she’s not quite as forward, but she’s certainly had plenty of work.

“Looking at her and looking at her work, she’s pretty well spot-on to where she was last year.

“She might be half a run short but I’m fairly confident that she won’t be far away.”

Regan Bayliss will ride Bonneval on Saturday.

Oaks hopeful Rubira travelled over with Bonneval while Forsman said another three horses could head over on Sunday including Group One winner Jon Snow and Sydney Cup runner-up Zacada.

 
Featured News

Free List of the Best Racing Bets and Bonus Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Another former Star WA sprinter in The Everest

Owner Bob Peters is set to have two runners in the $14 million The Everest with Enticing Star announced as...

Tahlia Hope set for extended stay in hospital

Apprentice Tahlia Hope could remain in hospital for up to three weeks as she recovers from viral meningitis. Hope was...

Godolphin secure slot in The Everest

Global racing operation Godolphin has won the tender for the vacant slot in the $14 million Everest forfeited by Damion...

Schillaci Stakes winner to gain entry into The Everest

The turf wars between Victoria and NSW appear to be softening with the winner of the Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield...

Trainer Ben Currie has ban reduced

Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie has had his disqualification on racing convictions further reduced while his criminal fraud charges have been...

Veteran trainer remains in critical condition

Veteran trainer Bruce Purcell remains in a critical condition, three days after being airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with serious...

Queensland trainer fined for assaulting stewards

Veteran Queensland trainer Ron Maund has been fined $2000 with no conviction recorded on charges of assaulting two Racing Integrity...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2019 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.