New Zealand Trainer Baker Poised to Make History at Randwick
Trainer Murray Baker is conceivably on the verge of a coup Saturday if his horse Bonneval can finish ahead of the others in the James Boag’s ATC Australian Oaks at Royal Randwick.
Based in New Zealand, land of stayers, he brought Jon Snow home first last week, in the ATC Australian Derby last week.
Winning the Randwick three-year-old classics has not been done in nearly 30 years, when Clarry Connor’s filly Research won both races in 1989.
Bonneval has drawn well and will jump from the sixth barrier at $4.00, having shortened from $4.20 earlier in the week.
Harlow Gold is next in favourtism at $5.00 and Nurse Kitchen will have to be the one to fly over the cuckoo’s nest to win from $5.50.
Devise from the ninth slot and Laqueti Spirit from barrier two are a couple with decent prospects, currently priced at $8.00 with a little over a day until the jump.
Bonneval, a bay filly, is by Makfi of Great Britain and Imposingly of South Africa. Imposingly’s sire was New Zealand legend Zabeel, so Bonneval does not have to look back far to reveal impressive heritages.
Prior to Research winning the double in 1989, it is only necessary to go back to 1980, where Tommy Smith won the Derby with Kingston Town and the Oaks with Lowan Star.
Bonneval is winner of her last three starts.