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Bonny Lass back on track for Te Rapa assignment
Bonny Lass is back on track for a tilt at the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes at Te Rapa on April 30th.
NZ Racing Desk | April 18, 2022
Photo: Trish Dunell

Progressive three-year-old filly Bonny Lass is back on track for a tilt at the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa on April 30, galloping between races at the Hamilton venue on Saturday after recovering from the effects of a stone bruise.

Placed twice at Group One level as a two-year-old, the Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall-trained daughter of Super Easy hasn’t been seen since finishing third behind On The Bubbles in the Listed Mufhasa Stakes (1400m) at Ellerslie in early March.

“She copped a stone bruise after her last start so we had to ease up on her for a wee while,” Richardson said.

“She has recovered from that now but missed a run at the Avondale trials so she definitely needed a day out if she was going to be ready for the Breeders’ Stakes.

“Thankfully the Club let us have a gallop between races on Saturday, so she had a nice hit-out over 1000m and came home her last 600m in 37 seconds.

“She had a good blow afterwards but with a couple of gallops between now and the end of the month, she will be cherry ripe for her Te Rapa assignment.”

Richardson is also keeping a wary eye on the weather forecast for the next few days as he prepares for a two-pronged attack on the Gr.3 Manco Easter Handicap (1600m) at Pukekohe on Saturday.

Richardson has progressive four-year-old mare Carolina Reaper and stablemate Red Hussar set for the race and while both don’t mind some cut in the track, he doesn’t want to see a very heavy surface on raceday.

“Carolina Reaper will be having her last run in this prep before we tip her out for a spell,” he said.

“She has done a great job and was a stylish winner over a mile at Avondale last time, so hopefully she can get a start although her rating (79) might see her struggle a wee bit to make the field.

“She can handle some give in the track, but if it turned into a bog then we might just forego the race and let her head straight to the paddock.

“Red Hussar is in a similar situation with a low rating (77) as well.

“I think he is a very promising type who probably handles it a little wetter than his stablemate, but if she can’t get a start then he will miss out as well, which will be a shame as he is just rounding into form nicely although nothing went right for him last time at Rotorua when he finished well back.” 

Bonny Lass Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes Graham Richardson Rogan Norvall Super Easy On The Bubbles Mufhasa Stakes Manco Easter Handicap Carolina Reaper Red Hussar