A winning return from Bonny O’Reilly has trainer Bjorn Baker once again eyeing off bigger targets for the mare.
She was having her first start since her failure in the Group One Tattersall’s Tiara at Doomben in June.
Despite carrying 59.5kg, the $3.90 favourite won Saturday’s 1200m Benchmark 95 race by three-quarters of a length from No Doubt ($9.50).
“We will look at the Group Three Sheraco Stakes in two weeks,” Baker said.
“I thought this might be a soft enough race for her return even with the big weight.
“She’s a very special mare to me. She has won eight from 12 now.”
Bonny O’Reilly was the stable’s second winner on the program with Addictive Nature taking out the Group Three Ming Dynasty with both ridden by Tim Clark.
Although thrilled to have won the Ming Dynasty, Clark had special words for the mare.
“Bonny by name, bonny by nature,” he said.
“She is a lovely mare and I was lucky to ride her because Jason Collett is suspended.
“She did a great job under the big weight.”
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