Bonnie Highlander strong in resumption

Bonnie Highlander strong in resumption

A handy three year old last season, Bonnie Highlander looks to have come back a stronger horse as a four year old, judging by a good win at Ashburton yesterday.

Beautifully bred, a daughter of Muscle Mass out of the former good race mare Lexie Highlander, Johnny has always thought a lot of Bonnie Highlander. As a three year old last season, she had just the one win from eight starts, but mixed it with illustrious company at times. A winning trial win three weeks ago suggested that she had come back in good fettle.

Away well enough, Bonnie Highlander settled midfield early, but made a mid-race move to be up outside the pacemaking No Fears over the last lap. Breasting up to the leader turning for home, she strode to the lead with purpose at the 300m. While she had to hold out the late challenge of Time For Diamonds inside the last 100m, John never appeared to panic and at the line Bonnie Highlander was holding strong to a neck advantage. She looks sure to do a great job for owners the Neumanns' and Brent Clarke.

In terms of the other stable runners yesterday:

Scared Angel led early, but compounded in a swiftly run 2400m won by Sails in 2.54.9.

Robbie Burns burnt his chances early with a break at the start in the day's feature.

Lovetodream coninued her consistent run of form with a third placing in the mares mile behind an impressive Delishka.

Summer Wealth ran home well in the last for third behind winner Vinnie Gambini, beaten just a half neck and a head.

Posted: Mon 25 Dec 2017