Bonnie Highlander stylish maiden winner at Methven

While poor manners had been her undoing in her first three starts, today Bonnie Highlander put it all together, landing a good one-one trip throughout before coasting up to leader Grand Princess at the 100m and going on for an effortless maiden win.

A three year old Muscle Mass filly out of the former good racemare in Lexi Highlander (33 starts, 6 wins), Bonnie Highlander has always shown the stable a fair share of ability. On debut at Addington last month, she was going to run third before a late break proved costly. In her following two starts, while well supported, again manners had been the issue.

Today though, she seemed to excel on the Methven grass track, starting well and then ending up with a perfect one out drag thereafter. John asked her to go forward from the 700m and turning for home, she looked to still have plenty left in the tank. In the end it was a win of arrogance as she went to the line under her own steam the easiest of winners by half a neck over the Nigel McGrath trained Grand Princess that was on debut. She looks a filly with a bright future.

The well bred Bonnie Highlander earns win one of her four start career

A couple of races later and it was another of the Westview Super Seventeen runners in Borntobeastar that was on debut and confidently backed. Strong off the gate, she copped a beaut trail early, before being pushed one place further back. Able to push off turning for home, she momentarily looked the winner at the 150m before being bettered by hot pot Aoraki and BJ Lindenny.

Borntobeastar is a two year old Majestic Son filly out of the smart racemare Tilthesungoesdown (49 starts, 9 wins). She qualified impressively last week and on the back of today's run looks a real contender in some of the big trotting features leading up to the Harness Jewels. She continues the great run for Westview Super Seventeen, that have already had a great run with two year old pacer Tuapeka Trick, that is having a spell after being gelded recently.

The one other stable riunner today was Bevan's Cullen. He prioduced a very good third in the County Cups final behind Motu Premier, after leading until the 200m and then fighting strongly in the run to the line.

Posted: Sun 02 Apr 2017