A few well-timed country outings managed to perfectly set up Bons Away for a sensational win at Caulfield in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes over 1200 metres for Ken King’s Parador Park homebred.
Upstaging The Everest-bound Brave Smash, the Ciaron Maher-trained galloper secured his fourth consecutive victory, with previous wins at Sale, Mildura and Seymour.
Delighted owners nearly brought down the Grandstand roof, as Bons Away advanced his record to five wins, and two placings with earnings of $140,090.Bons Away, Ken King & fellow owners after winning the Testa Rossa Stakes (Alice Laidlaw-Racing Photos)
Managing owner Ken King bred the talented four-year-old at his Euroa farm, Parador Park. King also bred Group 1 winners Bon Aurum, Set Square and Bons Away’s sire and Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner, Bon Hoffa.
King never doubted Bons Away’s talent, but the country road trips certainly helped with developing the gelding’s racetrack education and maturity.
“He had a few issues as a two and three-year-old, and he missed a fair bit of racing at that stage so Ciaron wanted to build his confidence, and get him through the grades. The choice was today at Caulfield or Benalla next week and I said to Ciaron, three times in the bush is enough, let’s have a throw at the stumps.”
“I have always had confidence in the horse, and he showed Ciaron plenty as a two year old, but as he missed a fair bit of racing when he was younger, and a successful gelding of him has now helped the galloper stretch out much better.”
King’s Parador Park is set on 300 acres based just out of Euroa at Sheans Creek. With a few foals already on the ground and another twelve mares due this season, there are sure to be some future racetrack success stories.
“We breed to race, rather than sell, as we love the racing. That is my focus when I am selecting the mares and their match. I aim to get a competitive racehorse for my owners,” King said.
“As a broodmare farm, it is great to have a successful race filly, as financially, they then upgrade our broodmares.”
“We used to have horses all over the country in South Australia and NSW, but we have pulled them all back to Victoria now.
“We only race in Victoria, and all our racehorses come home to spell. We also pre-train our own horses on the farm and the climate is perfect for the youngsters.”
“Being located at the base of the Strathbogie Ranges, our mares and foals graze on the hill country. The foals spend a lot of time running up and down the side of the hills which toughens them up.
“We think that this plays a big part in our success with the small number of horses we breed and race,” King said.
Bons Away is the third winner from as many foals out of the Mossman mare Villa Albani who was a $2,000 purchase at the 2012 Great Southern Bloodstock Sale.
Her dam Vila Valencia is a sister to Maid For Me the dam of dual Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed Maid For Me (Sebring) and a half-sister to the stakes-placed Patou the dam of Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Polar Success (Success Express).
Villa Albani has a 2YO Street Boss (USA) filly named Street Icon and a yearling filly by Bon Hoffa. She was covered by Darley Northwood’s Kuroshio last spring.
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