Darryl Dodson believes Bonindi has the ability to stretch out to 2000m and the Telopea Downs trainer will have no hesitation sending Saturday’s MVRC Dominant Hiskens Cup winner over longer distances.
“Bonindi isn’t the world’s best horse but he’s definitely the best tryer,” Dodson said at Moonee Valley. “He’s been a wonderful horse for the stable and always runs a bold race.”
Landing in front under Holly McKechnie shortly after the jump, Bonindi had enough in reserve to hold the late charge of Streetfighter (Street Cry) to score by a short half head over 1514 metres. The Peter Moody trained Macedonian (Zabeel) was more than a length away in third.
“He’s not up to the better horses but if we strike a wet track he could run a trip,” Dodson said. “I don’t know if he will get further than 2000m but there’s no harm in having a go. Holly says he relaxes and will run it out no problem.”
Bonindi (5g Special Bond – Indian Vale by Lappy) has earned over $331,000 in prizemoney from 8 wins and 19 placings in 43 starts. His dam Indian Vale won sprints at Swan Hill, Bendigo and Mildura in 1996. Her only other winner is the Dodson trained filly Danindi (Akhadan) who won her maiden at Mildura earlier this month.
Bonindi’s sire Special Bond (Fairy King) was a Perth stakes winner and stood at Ealing Park for five seasons. He has sired 70 winners to date at a 55% strike-rate but none have been etched in black-type.
Special Bond was exported to Iran in 2007. The 1990 Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule is the only stallion on the books at Ealing Park nowadays. He is rising 24 and studmaster Tim Johnson will only put him over a few mares this year.