Mare puts four on the floor
BONBONIERE Lady improved her unbeaten record at Casino Racing Club by taking out the Larry & Gail Commercial Hotel Kiss Cafe Rappville Cup (1000m) in devastating fashion on Saturday.
The five-year-old mare, who has won six races in a 26-start career, is four-from-four at Casino with her other two victories coming at Lismore Turf Club.
A $35,000 daughter of Choisir, Bonboniere Lady careered away from her rivals with Joshua Jones on board to score by seven lengths in a quagmire.
Punters were breathing easy after plunging the mare into $1.50 on track.
Leading Grafton conditioner John Shelton – who made the trip up the Pacific Highway with just the one runner – is unable put a finger on exactly what switches his galloper on but knows there is something about travelling north which brings results.
“She certainly has struck a liking to the place,” Shelton said. “I don’t know what it is but obviously we will be bringing her back.”
Moderately performed as a three-year-old with Paul Perry in Newcastle, Bonboniere Lady was sent to Shelton mid-2008 and has been a consistent performer ever since.
In 19 starts with her now-stable, the bay has only been out of the placings seven times with three of those being fourth-placed finishes.
“She has been an honest little bugger,” Shelton said.
“Rarely out of the money; she is a real trier.”
Apprentice jockey Joshua Jones ended a run of 25 outs with the win. The last time he saluted was on January 9 when he steered Fleet Lover to victory at Glen Innes.
Approximately 500 punters turned up to brave the weather for Casino Racing Club’s first meet of the year, but were almost sent home early after a downpour hit the track after the second race.
Race 1 was run on a slow (7) but a storm hit before race 2 and the track was downgraded to the worst rating of heavy (10).
Officials and jockeys inspected the track for safety issues before the second and the decision was left with the hoops who were happy to ride on.