BONNIE JOAN WINS RANGIORA FRIDAY WORKOUT
Bonnie Joan, last season’s NZ record-breaking filly, is to resume in a $13,000 up to rating 90 mares mile at Ashburton on Monday week, October 23.
Kentuckiana Lodge trainer Cran Dalgety gave the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Wave Runner another preparatory run at the Rangiora workouts on Friday, October 13.
“I’m excited to have her back. She’s come up very good,” Cran said.
“I gave her two trials, then backed off for two weeks, so that was a nice hit-out for her today. Dex was pleased with her too,” he said.
She wasn’t out for any serious time, covering the mobile 2000m in a leisurely 2:35.1, but ran a strong closing 600m to win by a head from Delishka, with last season’s top Allstars juvenile, Spankem, three-quarters of a length back third.
The leaders ran their last 800m in 58.1s and final 400m in 27.2s.
Last season, Bonnie Joan paced a fast 1:52.8 (1609m) to win a Nevele R Fillies Heat at Ashburton in February, then in April set two New Zealand records.
She won in 2:00.2 (1:53.8 mile rate) over 1700m at Forbury on April 13, and also a NZ 3YO fillies record over 2700m of 3:17.1 (1:57.4 mile rate) when taking out the Group Two $41,400 Southland Oaks at Invercargill on April 30.
Her time for the 2700m is also the NZ allcomers mark for a filly or mare over the distance.
She was spelled after a game fourth in the Harness Jewels 3YO Diamond at Ashburton on June 3, won by Spanish Armada in 1:52.1.
Bonnie Joan was also the runner-up to Spanish Armada in both the Nevele R Fillie Final (along with fellow dead-heater Delightful Memphis in the Nevele R) and in the New Zealand Oaks in May.
The Ashburton Labour Day mares mile will be made to order for Bonnie Joan as she returns on an R90 rating, the highest allowed rating for the race.
She has won seven and been five times second in 14 starts, earning $110,604.
Her dam Wave Runner (1:56.3 mile rate, 1950m), a winner of eight herself, had her fifth winner from her first five foals when Bonnie Joan’s year younger half-brother Kilowatt Kid (by American Ideal), won his Winton debut on September 28 in 2:59.9 (mobile 2400m), a mile rate of 2:00.6.
The Alister Black-trained Kilowatt Kid then ran second to The Bus in last Saturday’s Caduceus Club Of Southland Nugget Final, the Mark Jones-trained winner rating 1:59.5 (2200m).
Wave Runner’s earlier winners have been Digital Art (1:57, six wins), Break Dance (1:53.3, five wins) and Tuapeka Sky (1:59.2, Aust, two wins).
MISTAMISTAH FOR WEST AUSTRALIA
Mistamistah, a debut winner as a two-year-old at Addington on July 7 for the Cran Dalgety stable, will leave New Zealand undefeated.
The first to race from former four-win mare Bubba Ho Tep (1:57 mile rate, 1950m), Mistamistah had won an Ashburton qualifier in 1:58.3 (1609m) in April. He also resumed with a Rangiora trial win last month, rating 2:00 (2000m).
The Sportswriter gelding has been purchased by clients of Kyle Harper’s stable in West Australia.