BONNIE JOAN THIRSTY FOR MORE AFTER WORKOUT
Top Kentuckiana Lodge mare Bonnie Joan was thirsty for another Group Two success after making light work of the 30 degree heat at the Rangiora workouts on Wednesday, January 24.
Back from a fruitful Auckland December campaign, she has the $50,0000 Garrards Horse & Hound Premier Mares Championship at Addington on Friday week as her next assignment.
Driver Dexter Dunn didn’t ask her to zoom from the gate but let her stride to the front around the opening bend in the mobile 2000m pace.
She was revelling in her workout throughout the run, with trailer The Dorchester (Mitchell Kerr), edging closer with a late inside run but Bonnie Joan wasn’t asked for anything serious in the run to the wire.
The Somebeachsomewhere mare paced the mobile 2000m in a 1:59.3 rate, quickening over her last 800m in 55s and her final 400m in 28.3s.
American Tart, one of Bonnie Joan’s respected rivals for the Premier Mares Championship, also impressed heat.
The Robert Dunn-trained mare settled last of the six for regular driver John Dunn but closed well late for third, two and a half lengths away.
She was good enough to beat Bonnie Joan at Addington in early November, and again with a late marker run to defeat Jo’s Dream and Bonnie Joan in a $19,600 rating 85 or faster pace at Auckland on New Year’s eve.
The Phil Burrows-trained Friend, unbeaten in both race starts, a length and a quarter back fourth, with Bettor Chance and Hall Of Fame the only other starters.
Unraced maiden Bringitonhome, who qualified in October then had a let-up, showed improvement on his fifth of five Rangiora trial on January 9 when the runner-up in his workout.
The four-year-old Courage Under Fire-Bubba Ho Tep gelding moved up in the open in a non-win mobile 2000m heat for Dexter, and was shaded late by the Tom Bagrie-trained Governor’s Bay, who had a one back trail over the last lap, with the Andrew Stuart-trained Sociable, who trailed, a neck back third.
The winner paced the mobile 2000m in 2:33, the leaders running their last 800m in 56.2s and final 400m in 28.7s.
Fun It Is, another Kentuckiana Lodge starter in the heat, settled three back on the markers for Cameron Jones.
The unqualified Carrera Sky (3g Bettor’s Delight-Flying Anvil) and Better Fhilly (3f Betterthancheddar-Great Philly) were given an educational run in a learners heat.
They finished third and fourth respectively, behind winner Marianna Bromac, who finished best to win in a sedate 2:41.5 (mobile 2000m).