Can Bonneval do a Sofia Rosa?
Breednet - Media Release - Monday, 20 March 2017
High class Kiwi fillies Bonneval and Devise are
likely to continue their rivalry on Australian soil with the former looking to
repeat the success of Mafki (GB) filly Sofia Rosa, who won the New Zealand Oaks
last year before adding the Group I ATC Australian Oaks to her resume at her
While trips to Sydney have yet to be committed to 100 per cent, the odds of the
pair clashing again in the $A1 million Gr.1 Australian Oaks at Randwick on
April 8 are shortening.
"The owners are keen and we've got a few more days yet – if she goes over it
will be next Monday," said Andrew Forsman, who prepares Saturday's Gr.1 New
Zealand Oaks winner Bonneval with Murray Baker.
"She has come through the race well. She looks good and is eating up and she's
Bonneval's defeat of Devise at Trentham completed a hat-trick of wins for the
Makfi filly, who had previously been successful in the Gr.2 Sir Tristram
Fillies' Classic and the Gr.3 Lowland Stakes.
Her run of form also secured her the title of NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year.
"Bonneval has had the edge on us all the way through so it's been frustrating
for our stable, but we are inching closer to her," Devise's trainer Shaune
Devise was third in both the Sir Tristram and the Lowland before coming up a
half a length short in the Oaks when runner-up.
"At this stage we're preparing her for the ATC Oaks, we think there is one more
in her this preparation," Ritchie said.
"She's come home and eaten up, but any sign of fatigue in the next few days and
we'll pull the pin." – NZ Racing Desk.