Bon Aurum has continued Ciaron Maher’s impressive day at Flemington Racecourse this afternoon; handing the Caulfield trainer a double when taking out the Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m).
Bon Aurum was unlucky to be drawn in the wide and awkward barrier 15 in the Pin & Win Stakes, but allowed himself the best possible chance for success when jumping well and settling in prime position within the field of 16.
Rounding onto the final straight blocked for a run and with plenty to do, jockey Mark Zahra weaved the talented son of Bon Hoffa through a couple of tight gaps before locking in a fierce sprint battle with Lizard Island; pulling clear to hit the line a length in the clear of the Sebring colt; consistent performer El Greco boxing on for third.
Zahra delivered a perfectly-timed ride on Bon Aurum for success in the 2015 Pin & Win Stakes and believes a race like the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October is not out of the horse’s means.
“His horses are flying, they are just so well,” Zahra said after crossing the line.
“I was sort of on a wide run but he was very relaxed and he just sort of flew into it very nice.
“I was confident, I was just a worried about the last little bit but Ciaron’s horses are going really well and he was able to find the line.
“He was going along beautiful and he had a good kick.
“On that run as a three-year-old, that’s 1400m and I guess the logical aim is to go to the Guineas, and I don’t see why not.”
Maher was pleased with Bon Aurum’s victory in the Pin & Win Stakes but revealed he wasn’t completely confident of success when the colt was caught wider early in transit.
“He’s always shown good ability and he’s good here,” Maher said.
“From the gate we thought there would be too much pressure to lead so we just thought hopefully he’d be three wide with cover.
“He ended up being four wide and I thought it might be a bit tough for him but he’s always been a strong colt and he’s really fit.
“Mark just had him nice and comfortable and he was able to get the job done.”
In taking out the 2015 Pin & Win Stakes, Bon Aurum has now posted two wins and as many minors through only five competitive starts.