The career of Horse of the Year Bonneval is in limbo after injury forced her out of the Haunyi Farm Classic.
The racing career of New Zealand’s top mare Bonneval is in limbo.
Injury has ended an autumn campaign that was due to kick off in tomorrow's Haunui Farm Classic at Hastings and only time will tell if the multiple Group One winner returns to the track.
“There was some swelling around her fetlock joint this morning and a scan has confirmed a suspensory ligament issue,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the reigning New Zealand Horse of the Year with Murray Baker.
“Her CV is very good, she’s achieved an awful lot, and another scan in 10 days’ time will show the full extent of the injury and the prognosis going forward and whether we have another crack in the spring.
“She hasn’t got anything left to prove so we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds.”
The winner of seven of her 12 starts, Bonneval enjoyed an outstanding three-year-old season with her Gr. 1 New Zealand Oaks victory following successes in the Gr. 2 Sir Tristram Fillies’ Classic and the Gr. 3 Lowland Stakes. She then went to Sydney and claimed top honours in the Gr. 1 ATC Oaks at Randwick.
Following a break, the daughter of Makfi returned to Australia in the spring for a first-up win in the Gr. 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes, followed by a defeat of Hartnell in the Gr. 1 Underwood Stakes. By this stage favourite for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, her campaign ended when she jarred up following an unplaced run in the former race
In more positive news for the stable, Francaletta and Weather With You have arrived safely in Sydney.
“They travelled well and Francaletta will run at Randwick on Saturday week, but we’re not exactly sure which way Weather With You will go heading toward the Derby,” Forsman said.
The Gr. 2 Guy Walter Stakes will open the autumn campaign of Francaletta, whose six career wins includes a defeat of the Group One winner Aide Memoire in the Gr. 3 Taranaki Breeders’ Stakes.