Bonnie Highlander shows her class in dominant Group Three win

For a longtime a trotter with a big stable rep, Bonnie Highlander has at times not helped herself with gallops at crucial times in her races. However, on Friday at Alexandra Park, in the Group Three Breeders Stakes, she put it all together to totally dominant a good mares field, winning by over four lengths in a smart 3.27 for the 2700m stand.

Now a five year old, Bonnie Highlander started at Alexandra Park a fortnight ago and when travelling well lost her chance breaking at the 600m. On Friday night though, she stepped like a pro and was soon attached to the main body of the field. John elected to go forward with her at the 1300m and after having to do some work to get there, eventually ended up in front with a lap to go. Despite having done plenty of work, she was full of running at the 500m and when John asked her for her best effort, she simply ran away from the opposition.

A daughter of Muscle Mass out of the good mare Lexie Highlander, Bonnie Highlander has always had plenty going for her from the breeding side of things. Friday's win is the 6th for her from 24 starts and takes the stakes won up towards $68,000.

One of the more consistent horses that has been racing out of Robert's Puke stable is Aha Reaction. An Auckland Reactor four year old out of Dreamy Delight, he had produced good seconds at his previous two starts. Perfectly drawn on Friday, he was easily able to hold up and lead from his inside marble. John elected to hand up the lead at the 1300m to the favourite Ideal Star, a move that ultimately proved the winning of the race.

As the field ran off the back the last time, Ideal Star tried to produce a winning break on the field and Aha Reaction was able to pop off the trail and lodge his challenge around the homebend. He fought like a tiger all the way up the straight for a strong win by a head over Mr Yips, with Ideal Star just half a head away in third. 

Friday's win was Aha Reaction's third from just 10 starts and takes his stakes won to just on $35,000.

There were some other good runs by stable runners on the night also:

Awesome Speed produced a good run for third in her race over the 2200m, after having to come off the second row.

Tiffany Rose was a brave third in the Young Guns heat behind a very, very, smart Sweet On Me.

Mighty Looee ran on smartly for 4th behind Smooth Deal in the race for the two year old colts and geldings.

Posted: Sun 03 Mar 2019

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