2019 Bondi Stakes Preview


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.

Just Thinkin’

Just 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.


Erno has 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.


Bottega 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.

Ballistic Boy

Ballistic 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.


Zebrowski 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 going on.


The 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.

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