Bonneval Racing In Great Hart

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Bonneval | Bronwen Healy

With a courageous victory over Hartnell (GB) (Authorized {Ire}) in the G1 Underwood S. last start, New Zealand mare Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi {GB}) will relish the 2000m of Saturday’s G1 Caufield S. and the pair are likely to battle it out once again.

Victorious in her last six appearances including dual G1 Oaks wins over 2400m, the Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained mare has all the right credentials to achieve her fourth Group 1 win.

Beaten at Group 1 level as favourite at his last two starts, Godolphin’s Hartnell was expected to dominate this campaign steering clear of Winx (Aus), but this hasn’t come to fruition.

Four of the 11 runners are last-start runners in Europe, with the Aidan O’Brien pair of Johannes Vermeer (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and The Taj Mahal (Ire) {Galileo {Ire}) holding the most interest. Nominated to take on Winx in the G1 Cox Plate, The Taj Mahal was a very good second in the U.S. in the GI Secretariat S. two runs back, and although the winner of a single race from his 16 starts to date, the trainer is one to never discount.

A two-year-old Group 1 winner over 1400m during his juvenile season, the 5-year-old entire Johannes Vermeer was a Group 3 winner two starts back over 2011m with Ryan Moore in the saddle and with nominations to the three Spring majors, a forward showing here would be expected by connections. Both horses make their first starts in the silks of Lloyd Williams.

Third behind Bonneval and Hartnell in the Underwood last start, the 2015 G1 Mackinnon S. winner Gailo Chop (Fr) {Deportivo {GB}) is racing into form and with five wins from eight starts at the distance, Darren Weir’s runner has a chance.

One to watch when he gets to the 2400m of the G1 Caulfield Cup, Team Hawkes’s Inference (Aus) (So You Think {NZ}) continues to improve as the distances increase and with a 2 1/4-length sixth over 1800m last start, the G1 Randwick Guineas winner should be right in the finish if he is to feature in the Cup where he drops down to 53.5kgs.

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