Bonavista Bay Wins McInerney Ford Classic

Bonavista Bay Wins McInerney Ford Classic

Last Friday night, January 15, the imposing Victorian pacer Bonavista Bay secured an outstanding victory at Gloucester Park in the highly anticipated $125 000 Group 1 McInerney Ford 4YO Classic (2130m).

The favourite at $3.10, four-year-old Bonavista Bay defeated Son Of Fergie ($18.70) by 2.4m with Crown Bromac ($18.80) just over a metre back in third.

The winning son of Rustler Hanover clocked a mile rate of 1:56.8, giving trainer Mike Reed his second McInerney Ford Classic victory.

It was a sensational comeback for the Golden Nugget Championship winner who following his victory on November 27 failed to fire in his next three starts at Gloucester Park.

His record now stands at an impressive 15 wins from 23 starts for over $390 000 in earnings.

Second favourite at $3.50, Ima Rocket Star could only manage fourth place with the other fancied pacer, Truckers Ruffnut ($4.70) finishing a distant 10th.

Pacemaker Truckers Ruffnut started well from barrier one and led throughout the first stages of the race before Bonavista Bay, driven by Mark Reed, overtook on the outside with 500m to go.

A vet’s examination after the race found nothing wrong with the Murray Hansen trained horse, but Hansen made the decision to spell Truckers Ruffnut due to a cough.

Mark Reed also had success in the McInerney Ford 4YO Classic Consolation (2130m) with Hi Tensile. Reed trained and drove the odds-on favourite to a 4m victory.

Bonavista Bay will now back up with a run in the $400 000 WA Perth Cup this Friday night as the only four-year-old contesting the race.

2010 McInerney Ford Classic Results:

Place

Horse

Prizemoney

Trainer

Driver

Row & Br.

Margin (m)

1
BONAVISTA BAY
$83 750 M G Reed M B Reed Fr2
2
SON OF FERGIE
$22 500 S J De Campo K N Prentice Fr7 2.40
3
CROWN BROMAC (NZ)
$11 250 N J Keiley S J Suvalijoko Sr1 3.20
4
IMA ROCKET STAR (NZ)
$5 000 G F J Bond C D Brown Fr6 11.30
5
SMOKING AGAIN
$2 500 J Currie S A Loone Fr8 13.20
6
LOMBO CRUSADER
P M Keating B T Stampalia Sr3 16.50
7
IN THE FORCE (NZ)
G F J Bond M C George Fr4 26.60
8
OUR MERCURIO (NZ)
G F J Bond A C Lewis Fr5 26.90
9
OUR GENT
I K Davie K M Condipodero Fr3 33.80
10
TRUCKERS RUFFNUT
M A Hansen K K Howson Fr1 59.20
11
ZANARDI (NZ)
S A Bond N A Turvey Fr9 85.40
12
COUNTRY CHANGE
G P Elliott G E Hal Jnr. Sr2 106.80
Scratched:
HI TENSILE
SCOOTER ROFF