Baker pair ready for Caulfield Cup

Racing Desk
15 October 2017

Kiwi gallopers Bonneval and Jon Snow are ready to produce peak efforts in the Gr. 1 Caufield Cup this coming weekend despite recording contrasting performances in their final lead-up race on Saturday.

The pair contested the Gr. 1 Caulfield Stakes on the weekend with Jon Snow battling strongly for third behind winner Gailo Chop while Bonneval made up late ground to finish sixth after having trouble finding clear running in the home straight.

Bonneval Photo: Darryl Sherer

“I thought they both went well with Bonneval becoming a victim of circumstances through her outside barrier draw,” noted co-trainer Murray Baker.

“Once she drew wide we had to go back with her and she didn’t really get much of a crack at them in the run home.

“Jon Snow was very good and battled on strongly which is what we wanted to see.”

Baker admits he is baffled by reports in the Australian media that Bonneval had sustained an injury during the race that could place her Caulfield Cup spot in jeopardy.

“I’m not really sure what they are talking about as she pulled up in good shape and trotted up perfectly on Sunday morning,” he said.

“There’s nothing amiss with her and she will be ready to run the race of her life.

“We will be keeping an eye on the weather however as there have been reports there might be some rain around in the last few days before the race.

“That would play into the hands of Jon Snow and wouldn’t hurt Bonneval’s chances either.”

The Baker and Andrew Forsman trained pair look likely to be joined in the Caulfield feature by a third member of the stable with Zabeel mare Lizzie L’Amour contesting today’s Cranbourne Cup as her final lead-up run to the A$3million event that will be run on 21 October. – NZ Racing Desk

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