Bonaria To Contest Mannerism Stakes

Talented mare Bonaria has been included in the 2015 Mannerism Stakes field and will remain in mares’ grade rather than make her weight-for-age debut at Caulfield this weekend.

Bonaria has the chance to return to winning form in the 2015 Mannerism Stakes. Photo by: Sarah Ebbett

Bonaria has the chance to return to winning form in the 2015 Mannerism Stakes. Photo by: Sarah Ebbett

Bonaria was included in the nominations for both the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Monday, but was only included in the acceptances for the  Group 3 event.

Hyland told Racing Ahead that he is delighted with the physical condition of Bonaria, but said that he had opted to take the conservative option of running her in the Mannerism Stakes for a number of reasons.

“I would like to see what is going to finish up in the Futurity first, but we are not going to get that chance,” Hyland said.

“Everything she has done since indicates that she has improved and she feels very good to me.

“I am really happy with her, but the mares race is probably the easier option and the other problem with the Futurity is that there mightn’t be much pace.

Dwayne (Dunn) is riding and he is quite happy to stay with us and that will probably be the other deciding factor, I’m not quite sure whether he can ride her in the Futurity anyway.”

Bonaria recorded the biggest win of her racing career to date when she swooped late to take out the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day and she returned to racing with a fast-finishing second in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 14.

Hyland said that Bonaria had trained on strongly following her first-up performance and he could not be happier with the physical condition of the Redoute’s Choice mare heading into the Mannerism Stakes this weekend.

“Her work has been great,” Hyland said.

“I ride her myself all the time and it is her Mannerism more than anything.

“She is jumping out of her skin and I feel really good about her.”

The 2015 Mannerism Stakes field was released this morning and nine talented mares are set to contest the race that will be known as the Premier Signs Stakes in 2015.

The Bellmaine Stakes is set to be the key form reference for the Mannerism Stakes and Tycoon Tara, Politeness, Precious Gem and Girl Guide will all be backing up in the $150,000 race this weekend.

Western Australian mare Bippo Non Bungus is set to return to Melbourne racing in the Group 3 event, while the final field is rounded out by Choose, Winta Chiller and Street Allure.

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