Ciaron Maher is pleased with the condition of Bon Aurum, and is confident that the horse will be perfectly suited to the conditions of Saturday’s 2016 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
Bon Aurum was a strong and consistent performer for Maher through the 2015 edition of the Spring Carnival, culminating in consecutive wins in the Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m) and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
Having undergone an operation to remove bone chips from his knee after finishing ninth in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), the Bon Hoffa colt failed to fire through three autumn starts this year.
Returning to racing this time for third in the Moniek Sambor Tile Import BM78 (1200m) on August 27th, Bon Aurum will carry winning form into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2016 after taking out the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) a fortnight ago.
Maher told AAP that Bon Aurum has taken plenty of benefit from his first two runs this time, and would like to see him draw towards the outside of the field and subsequently, into clear running room.
“He was pretty wild and woolly at his first start but hit the line well and then improved off that,” Maher said.
“He was strong and his sectionals were great last start. Those handicap conditions again at 1400 metres on Saturday will suit him.
“He seems to be a horse that likes to be striding into the race around the swing so something between five to ten should suit him I would think.”
The 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, today (Wednesday, September 21st).
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