Bonaria Foaled and Raised at Widden
Melbourne – Blue-blooded Redoute’s Choice mare Bonaria was foaled and raised at Widden Stud for her owner breeders Robert and Deborah Anderson and provided a great result for them in scoring her first Black Type victory when taking out the Group III VRC Schweppes Trophy at Flemington on Saturday.
The Pat Hyland trained four year-old had been thereabouts in several Black Type events previously, but put her best foot forward for this 1600 metre contest at her third run back from a spell.
Given a cosy run in transit by Tim Clark from barrier one, Bonaria surged through late along the fence to snare a long neck win.
“Robert and Deborah Anderson have been clients for over 20 years and have become very good friends with us so it’s a really special kick to win it for them today,” said Pat Hyland.
“Robert is a breeder, so the money is one thing to win, but the Black Type is better.”
Bonaria has the overall record of four wins and seven placings from 20 starts with prizemoney in excess of $260,000.
Bred and retained to race by Mr and Mrs Anderson, Bonaria is a half-sister to Group III winners Time Out and Legally Bay being one of six winners from the good producing Last Tycoon (IRE) mare Decidity, who delivered a Stratum filly last spring.
Bonaria was the second stakes-winner for this family on Saturday with two year-old New Approach (IRE) filly Montsegur, winner of the Group III VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, being from Chatoyant, who is a three-quarter sister to Bonaria.