Day At The Track

Bonavista Bay to stand at Warwick Stud

04:14 PM 12 Aug 2013 NZST
Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print
Bonavista Bay Bonavista Bay, Clayton Tonkin Bonavista Bay seen in cruise control
Bonavista Bay
Bonavista Bay, Clayton Tonkin - and Chris Alford at Melton last Sunday (August 23).
Duane Ranger photo
Bonavista Bay seen in cruise control

Bonavista Bay, one of the best horses raced in this country in the last decade, will stand his first season at Warwick Stud, Tallygaroopna, near Shepparton, of Luke Primmer, alongside the American bred champion We Will See. They are a royally-bred pair of young sires.

A brilliant pacer, who possessed undoubted speed and stamina, Bonavista Bay from the outset of his career displayed well above average ability.

As a two-year-old he had three starts for a Terang win in 1:58.7 and one placing.

Bonavista Bay won his first ten starts at 3 including the Group 3 $40,000 Victoria Sires Classic at Moonee Valley and heat and semi-final of the Australasian Breeders Crown at Melton.

In the $170,000 Breeders Crown final Bonavista Bay started from the outside of the back row and was forced to work overtime punching the breeze outside Captain Joy in brutal sectionals. Despite his somewhat torrid passage, he exploded to the front on straightening and held on valiantly to beat all but Tintin In America.

As a four-year-old Bonavista Bay really came into his own. From 13 starts he recorded six wins -- including four at Group level – and two seconds, netting $338,818 in stakes.

He took his record of 1:56.3 at 4, winning the Group 1 $100,000 Vicbred 4YO Final over 2240 metres, in which he defeated Deadsetlucky and Villagem. Among his other successes were the big Group 1 four-year-old double in Western Australia the $175,000 Golden Nugget and the $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park and the Group 2 $50,000 Melton Plate.

He also finished a close second in the 2009 Kilmore Pacing Cup after leading for most of the marathon 3150 metres trip.

Bonavista Bay was plagued by leg troubles for the remainder of his career and raced only twice after his grand four-year-old campaign before being retired as a seven-year-old last March.

Had Bonavista Bay remained fully sound throughout his career, there is no saying what form he might have proved capable of developing.

In all, he had 31 starts for 17 wins and six placings and a bankroll of $503,299.

Mike Reed, who trained him in WA, said: “Bonavista Bay was a champion. The best horse I've ever put a bridle on.”

Media identity Adam Hamilton said: “For sheer talent and strength Bonavista Bay was up with the best. Only injury stopped him becoming one of the all-time greats.”

A commanding brown horse, foaled in 2005, Bonavista Bay is the richest son of former champion pacer and a three-quarter brother to Rocknroll Hanover in Rustler Hanover (1:51) outside America, and as a representative of the famed Western Hanover sire line his influence promises to be widely exerted.

He is also a member of one of Australia’s greatest winning families that founded by Teeny Rena which has produced top racehorses and leading sires.  His dam, Our Lady Rena (2:00.5), a classic winner herself at 3, ranks as a half-sister to the standout pacer Our Sir Vancelot (1:55.4), winner of three Inter Dominion Grand Finals, two WA Pacing Cups, the Miracle Mile and twice Horse of the Year and Grand Circuit Champion.

At the stud Our Sir Vancelot has left 217 individual winners to date for progeny earnings of more than $8.6-million.

Teeny Teeny, the grand-dam of Bonavista Bay, was named Broodmare of the Year in 1997 and 1998. Other close relatives include Jikk Adios (Aust. Pacing Championship), the former national mile record holder Quantum Lobell (1:53.1), Elite Rena (Vic. Oaks), Vegas Bound (1:52.5) and Artifactor.

Bonavista Bay will stand for the realistic service fee of $1,950 including GST (discounts will apply) and his progeny will be eligible for the Breeders Crown, Vicbred, NSW Breeders Challenge and the Bathurst Gold Crown.

Peter Wharton

Comment (...) Tweet Share Email Print

Read More News About...

Stallion Name

Next article: