Day At The Track

Bay's comeback short-lived

03:02 PM 03 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Bonavista Bay

Bonavista Bay’s harness racing comeback has been short lived.

With his tired, war-torn legs struggling to handle the vigour of competition, connections have retired the nine-year-old – permanently!

Bonavista Bay was previously retired due to injury, and after standing at stud, was transferred to leading New South Wales-based horsewoman Belinda McCarthy earlier this year for another racing campaign.

In a tremendous training effort, McCarthy managed to bring Bonavista Bay back to the track, but the stallion’s best was clearly behind him.

The son of Rustler Hanover finished towards the tail of the field in his two runs, the most recent at Menangle three weeks ago.

A former superstar youngster, Bonavista Bay won 14 of his first 20 starts - with three seconds also to his credit - under the care of astute Victorian training partners Emma Stewart and Clayton Tonkin.

His victories included Melton Plate, Golden Nugget, Vicbred Final and Ford McInerney Classic.

Sent to Western Australia by owner Bob Proberts halfway through his four-year-old campaign, Bonavista Bay was transferred to trainer Mike Reed, where he continued to race in style before being struck down with leg problems.

After two-and-a-half years off the scene Bonavista Bay had two starts at Gloucester Park before again going sore.

Following an 18-month stint at stud, Bonavista Bay was sent to McCarthy.

Bonavista Bay record stands at 17 wins and six placings from 33 starts for earnings of $504,499.

  • PAUL COURTS

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