Veteran mare Bonaria has been a strong and consistent performer since first appearing on course in 2011 and trainer Pat Hyland is hopefully she will retire from racing in the best way possible in Saturday’s Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Posting a commendable race record of eight wins and a further ten minor place finishes through her 43 start career so far, Bonaria placed second in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up this time; progressing to mid-pack finishes in the Group 3 Premier Signs Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) most recently.
Confirmed to take up a career as a broodmare following her Autumn Carnival campaign, Hyland told Racing Victoria the Redoute’s Choice mare is in great form and will respond favourably to a likely wet track on Day 2 of The Championships.
“We’re expecting her to run very well,” Hyland said.
“I think it will be still rain-affected here, and she loves a wet track and has a good jockey on board.
“She’s trained up very well. I rode her for her last gallop on Monday and she worked very well, I’m very happy with how she’s going.
“With a bit of luck, I think she’s got a great chance.
“Hopefully she can go out and finish with another Group 1 win.”
Bonaria will be transferred to the care of Widden Stud following the 2015 Queen Of The Turf Stakes and Hyland is confident the time is right for his stable star to bow out of racing.
“She’s been a wonderful mare for us all, but it’s the right time for her to go out and become a mother now,” he said.
“The owners are great people and great clients of mine and I’ve trained quite a few horses for them.
“She’s nearly seven years old and it was the right time for her to go to stud, I had no problems with that decision.
“I think it would have been unfair to have asked her to keep going.”
Contesting a similar form line in spring to her current autumn campaign, Bonaria failed to make much of an impact in each of the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) but responded in the best way possible when charging home to win the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
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