The inaugural running of the $1 million Bondi Stakes at
Randwick on Saturday has attracted a field of ten three year olds to do battle
over the Randwick mile.
The Chris Waller trained Kubrick and the Gai Waterhouse and
Adrian Bott trained Just Thinkin’ both have had Group 1 experience while the
front running Colada is a last start all the way winner of the Group 2 Stan Fox
Stakes (1500m) at Randwick.
The Bondi Stakes has also attracted interest from interstate with the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained filly Kooweerup taking her place in the field while Eagle Farm trainer Chris Anderson will saddle up the Queensland three year old Ballistic Boy.
We have analysed every single horse in the field and our complete Bondi Stakes tips are set out below.
The Chris Waller trained Kubrick has had plenty of experience in three year old Group 1 company with his best result being a second in the J.J. Atkins Plate over 1600m at Eagle Farm at the end of his two year old season. Kubrick’s most recent Group 1 outings are a fifth in the Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill and a fourteenth in the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield. The Shooting To Win colt is back in Sydney and will appreciate the drop in class and will strip as one of the main chances in the first running of the Bondi Stakes.
Thinkin’ set the pace at his only appearance in a Group 1 but faded to finish
fourth in the Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m at Randwick. The Gai Waterhouse
and Adrian Bott trained Just Thinkin’ will love the Randwick Mile but might not
get it all his own way in front with the Gerald Ryan trained Colada also liking
to bowl along in the lead. Tactics will tell the tale.
Colada has risen up through the ranks very quickly after winning his Maiden at Canterbury three starts, progressed to a Group 2 win in the Stan Fox Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill last start. The Gerald Ryan trained Colada has set the pace at his last three starts and Stan Fox Stakes winning jockey Robbie Dolan is unlikely to change his front running tactics in the Bondi Stakes and he will be hard to run down if he gets his own way in front.
been racing fairly in restricted grade at the Warwick Farm mid-weeks with a win
in a 1400m BenchMark 74 Handicap followed by a second in a 1600m BenchMark 78
Handicap. Up against stronger opposition in the Bondi Stakes.
found the winner’s stall on successive occasions in a Newcastle Maiden (1300m)
and in a Hawkesbury Class 1 (1500m) before being sent out as the favourite for
the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Randwick last start. Bottega got too far
out of his ground in the Stan Fox Stakes but did make up many lengths in the
run home to finish third behind his Gerald Ryan trained stablemate Colada. The
Everest winning jockey Glen Boss is the new partner for Bottega who will likely
settle a bit closer to the pace with the blinkers going on for the first time.
One of the main chances.
Pancho is the second of the Chris Waller runners in the Bondi Stakes and will find this a lot harder than his last start win in a Warwick Farm mid-week 1600m BenchMark 78 Handicap.
Boy has handy recent Queensland form with two seconds from his last two starts
in three year old company at Doomben over 1200m and Eagle Farm over 1400m. Stepping
up in class and distance and will find this a lot tougher.
Shaibanat will carry the Godolphin royal blue colours but will have to improve dramatically to be a major threat coming off a last start Wyong Maiden win over 1350m.
has only been to the races on one occasion for a second in a 1400m Goulburn
Maiden and looks way out of his depth in the Bondi Stakes. Has the blinkers
Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Kooweerup is the only filly in the Bondi
Stakes and is coming off a last start fifth behind Colada in the Group 2 Stan
Fox Stakes (1500m) at Randwick. A repeat effort stepping up to the 1600m could
see the More Than Ready filly pick up some handy minor prizemoney.