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BonnevalBonneval Retired

Outstanding racemare Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly) has been retired and will be heading to stud this season. Owners Alastair Lawrence, John Rattray, and Terry Jarvis are likely to sell Bonneval in the coming weeks as they are not breeders and it will come as no surprise to know that there is plenty of interest from breeding farms across Australasia, as not only is Bonneval a dual Horse of the Year and multiple Group 1 winner, but she boasts a very commercial pedigree being a half or full sister to three Group winners in Imposing Lass, Full of Spirit, and Lady Cumquat; while her dam Imposingly has won a New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Title and is a three-quarter sister to Derby winner St Reims and the quality racemare Champagne.

Bonneval had just the one start over 1300m as a two-year-old at Hawkes Bay which she won narrowly. Much was expected from Bonneval as an early three-year-old but she did not come up as well as expected in the spring and her trainers elected to put her back in the paddock. Returning in December the filly kicked off in a maiden at Te Rapa, where she battled on for fifth after being caught wide in the run, but the stable lost none of their confidence in the daughter of Makfi, running her in the Group 2 Eight Carat Classic at her next start, but were left scratching their heads when she put in an inglorious performance to be pulled up in the race and left her connections totally baffled knowing the extent of the ability the filly had.

A month later Bonneval trekked to Trentham for the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes over 1600m. Slow away she encountered “traffic problems” throughout the race and stormed home to finish a close third behind Nicolette and Devise – and arguably should have won the race. After Trentham the real Bonneval emerged, winning her next six races in succession of which three were Group Ones.

Bonneval’s winning streak commenced at Te Rapa when she won the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic Gr.2 before heading to Hawke's Bay for the Lowland Stakes Gr.3 and onto Trentham for the NZ Oaks Gr.1. Like Makfi’s daughter the year prior, Sofia Rosa, Bonneval headed to Sydney to tackle the ATC Oaks at Randwick which she started favourite for, and as history will reveal she put up a tremendous effort to win by just shy of 5 lengths under Hugh Bowman giving the Baker/Forsman stable the ATC Derby/ATC Oaks double after Jon Snow took out the Derby.

Returning to Australia in the Spring, this time to Melbourne, Bonneval won the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at her first appearance with Damian Lane aboard, and backed that up with a comprehensive win in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes before being unplaced as favourite in the 2017 Caulfield Cup and returning home after jarring up.

Bonneval’s dam Imposingly has a Camelot gelding named Lord Arthur with the Baker/Forsman stable, a two-year-old filly by Adelaide, and a yearling brother to Bonneval by Makfi. Imposingly was not mated in 2017 and has returned a positive test to Pierro this season.

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