Bonnie Highlander out of Inters and off to retirement paddock
The frustrating year for the good trotting mare Bonnie Highlander is over following a suspensory injury sustained today. The injury will see her not only withdrawn from tomorrow evening's Trotting Grand Final, but also heading to the matron's paddock.
Robert and John have always had a massive amount of time for Bonnie Highlander and after a year where they have battled wind problems, ovarian cyst and seasonal complaints, amongst other issues, they finally felt that they had won the battle with two fine performances at Addington over Cup Week. So encouraged were they by the two runs, that they convinced the very loyal owners to head north for the Inter-Dominions.
After little luck on night one, Bonnie Highlander ran a very good 4th in the second round of heats behind Temporale, a perfomance that ultimately saw her safely into tomorrow night's final. An early break in the three round of heats saw her take no part.
Talking to John today and he reported that they were really happy with the mare heading into the final.
"We were rapt with her. She was probably as good as we had her for awhile."
"But now this has happened, which is pretty gutting for such an amazing group of owners."
"You can give them time and that sort of thing, but they don't ever really recover from the rear suspensory issues."
John felt that the best had still to be seen of Bonnie Highlander, but was philosophical, such is the nature of the sport. The horse's best interests were always going to be put first.
A six year old Muscle Mass mare, out of Lexie Highlander, Bonnie Highlander raced 34 times for seven wins and seven placings. Her stake-earnings ended up at $93,346.
Perhaps the best win of Bonnie Highlander's career was at Alexander Park back in March when she won the Group Three Northern Breeders Stakes Trot over the 2700m, a race won in a smart 3.27.8, as she overcame a 20m handicap.
Enjoy your retirement! You have done a very good job.
Posted: Fri 13 Dec 2019