Red-Letter Day for Bowness Stud and associates

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017: There’s a spring in the step of everyone at Bowness Stud this week after a wonderful sequence of results on Saturday afternoon in what amounted to be a Red Letter Day for the stud and some very close associates.

The early signs of what was about to unfold surfaced in Race 3 on the Rosehill Gardens program in Sydney when Don’t Give A Damn, a lightly-raced son of BON HOFFA, was sent off a $1.65 favourite of the $60,000 Highway Handicap (1500m) and proceeded to win by no fewer than 6.5 lengths.

Trained by Danny Williams at Goulburn, the 4-year-old trounced his opposition at only his third-ever race start, after having also won with relative ease on debut and then subsequently going down by a half-head at his only other outing.

Saturday’s Highway at Rosehill Gardens was dominated by the stock of BON HOFFA. In addition to the emphatic winner Don’t Give A Damn, the Bowness Stud stallion also supplied the runner-up Delivered and the fourth horse home Bonsley in a field of 10 runners.

Approximately 90 minutes after the Rosehill event the BON HOFFA breed was back in the limelight when Bons Away gave his sire an interstate metropolitan double by landing the Listed MRC Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield — defeating boom Japanese import Brave Smash in the process.

A very progressive 4-year-old sprinter raced in the same Ken King Syndication colours made so familiar by BON HOFFA during his Group 1 winning racing career, Bons Away has now won five of his nine career starts and was recording his maiden black-type win the LIsted Race in a timely reminder of the Bowness Stud stallion's proven ability to sire stakes winning progeny.

Both Bons Away and Don’t Give A Damn were produced in the same foal crop — the third of BON HOFFA’s stud career. In providing the winner of Saturday’s Listed Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield, BON HOFFA has now been responsible for a stakes winner in each of his first three crops to race, Deiheros emerging in the first and Bon Aurum (MRC Sir Rupert Clarke S.-Gr.1) in the second.

The stakes were even higher when Bowness Stud born, reared and raised Trapeze Artist took his place in the Group 1 ATC Golden Rose (1400m) field later on the same afternoon and subsequently produced the performance of the day to claim the stallion-making event. Despite jumping from the outstanding barrier in a field of 14-runners, Trapeze Artist proceeded to thrash his high-class opposition by close on four and a half lengths, posting the slashing time of 1m22.41s.

Bred and raced by long-term client Bert Vieira and his family, Trapeze Artist scored a sensational win in the coveted $1 million contest. He took his record to three wins and one placing for total prizemoney of $957,750, the highlights of his 2-year-old season including victory in the Group 3 ACT Black Opal Stakes (1200m) and third in the Group 1 ATC Inglis Sires’ (1400m).

The exceptional Golden Rose success of Trapeze Artist, supplemented by the two very prominent performances of BON HOFFA 4-year-olds Bon Away and Don't Give A Damn, providing much pleasure for everyone associated with Bowness Stud. It is days like these that make plenty of hard work done by so people all very worthwhile!

First domestic 3-year-old winner for Bullet Train (GB)

Some very prominent names in Australian thoroughbred racing were involved with the victory of The Pinkerton at his latest outing, the first-crop son of Bullet Train (GB) proving to be the first 3-year-old winner for the Bowness Stud stallion in season 2017/18.

Despite racing out of his age division against more seasoned performers, The Pinkerton turned in a very encouraging staying performance to land a 2150m Maiden Plate at Ipswich in Queensland. Ridden in midfield for most of the journey, the lightly-raced gelding made steady progress through the field entering the final 800 metres — and just kept on coming. He subsequently went on to score by 1.8 lengths going away.

The Pinkerton was ridden with aplomb by Luke Dittman and in a manner which would have done his Dad proud. The accomplished rider’s father Mick was, inarguably, one of the great local jockeys of any era. Dittman Snr’s name is associated with too many great stayers to mention, through his victory aboard Gurner’s Lane to win the Melbourne Cup at the expense of the legendary Kingston Town is probably the one inevitably remembered.

The name of R.M. Lapointe in the ownership of The Pinkerton is also a reminder of a wonderful era in Australian racing. It was Lapointe who was at the forefront of the history making Brian Mayfield-Smith stable which ended the Sydney premiership winning sequence of T.J. Smith. It was also in Lapointe’s colours the great racemare Emancipation raced, as well as a host of other topliners.

Winning trainer John Zielke also has a name to conjure with as he’s heading one of the most progressive stables in the Sunshine State. An outstanding trainer of 2-year-olds, he prepared The Pinkerton to win over 2150m at just his third career start in a feat seldom witnessed in the local training ranks.

With Zielke, Lapointe and Dittman in his corner, The Pinkerton seems certain to keep heading in the right direction, advancing the profile of his sire Bullet Train along the way.

Hoofnote: The Pinkerton holds an entry for the Brisbane midweek program at Doomben in an audacious attempt to post back-to-back middle-distance victorious against all age opposition in the space of just eight days.


Prolific start to season 2017/18 for Bon Hoffa

Photo courtesy of Virginia Harvey

SEPTEMBER 4, 2017: Winners have come thick and fast for prolific Bowness Stud sire BON HOFFA in the new racing season.

The first month of competition witnessed BON HOFFA represented by 11 individual winners, including a double for the same set of connections on the latest Coffs Harbour program staged on the mid-North Coast of NSW. Local trainer Brett Bellamy saddled-up Boncosta and Northern Knight to win in the colours of Mr C.A. Hardy on the same race card, Northern Knight saluting for the third time from as many career starts.

Another couple of winners on the first two days of September increased BON HOFFA’s tally to 13 after just six weeks of the 2017/18 racing season and sees the Danzig-line stallion well on track to register his best-ever figures for any season to date.

From his first 200 runners, BON HOFFA is the sire of no fewer than 123 individual winners at a ratio of 60% winners-to-runners (at the time of writing). Leading the way for the breed this season is the aforementioned Northern Knight, in addition to Bons Away and Hangin’ With Willy — all three of which having already posted multiple victories in 2017/18.

With 16 collective wins (to September 4), BON HOFFA is in the top-20 stallions in Australia for number of wins after the first 30-odd days of domestic competition. The figure sees him placed immediately ahead of Not a Single Doubt, Sebring, Choisir, Casino Prince and the like in the division.

It’s a great reminder of the value the Group 1 winning racehorse and Group One sire provides at an advertised service fee of just $5,500 (inc. 10% GST).

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