Mar 23, 2018

Bondi surfed in to Sires Produce Stakes calculations after easily winning the $30,000 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Maiden Plate (1300m) at Newcastle on March 22.

The aptly named colt by Snitzel out of Bondi Blonde (Red Ransom), sat beautifully behind the leader under Blake Shinn before peeling away down the home straight for close to a length victory over Eskhara.

The talented two-year-old previously finished three quarters of a length from the winner Encryption in the Group 3 Canberra Black Opal (1200m), where he travelled wide the entire journey, and was narrowly beaten in the Breeders Plate (1000m) by Performer, beating Santos in the process on debut in September.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden said he was happy with Bondi’s win and where he’s headed, saying the form has stacked up well to date.

“That was a nice win and I expected him to do that. As I said earlier this week, Bondi probably should have won the Black Opal but had no luck in running and got caught wide.

“He’s been competitive against solid company in all of his races and trials to date.

“This is a very good colt with a magnificent pedigree and he is crying out for more ground, so the 1400 at Randwick should suit him to a tea [on April 7].”

Snowden Racing won the $1million ATC Inglis Sires Produce on Day 1 of The Championships last year with Invader, who also carried the China Horse Club colours.

Bondi, who’s raced five times for a win, second and third with over $100,000 in prizemoney to date, is owned in partnership by Newgate Farm, China Horse Club, Horse Ventures, Winstar Farm, and John Singleton’s Strawberry Hill Stud who bred him.

Words: Sarah Peatling Image courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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