The Bons ready to kick off Oakleigh Plate tilt; Weekend Preview

Popular galloper Bons Away will make his return to the races this weekend as he begins his tilt at the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate.

The son of Bon Hoffa will run in the 1000m W.J Adams Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday as a stepping stone to the Group 1 feature three weeks later.

He has come back in terrific order and has trailed up well.

It’s a strong race over a distance that is probably just short of his best so he is likely to settle midfield and we will be looking for him to hit the line well to bring him on for next start.

Linda Meech, who knows him very well, will take the ride and they will jump from barrier one.

Earlier in the day at Caulfield, we have Naantali running in a BM84 handicap for fillies and mare over 1400m.

She has been unlucky to not have already had a win this preparation, but this seems to be the right race for her.

She is carrying a big weight, but it is not a strong field and has drawn a good gate in four.

Damian Lane takes the ride and we are hoping Saturday will be her day.

We then have three runners in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes over 1000m for two-year-olds.

The first of our three runners is the Group 3 Bumble Stakes winner Bella Rosa.

Her win on Melbourne Cup Day was tough in gruesome conditions so the team opted to send her straight out for a break and have her back for a tilt at the Blue Diamond.

The daughter of Snitzel has trained on nicely since then and is the form filly of the race.

While she has to give weight to the rest of the field, this is very much a prep run for the Diamond where she will be back to level weights and will improve for the extra distance.

We are hopeful she will run midfield and hit the line strong from barrier seven with Mark Zahra on board.

We then have Loving Gaby and Seatonic kicking off their careers in this race.

Loving Gaby trialled well and has trained on nicely since.

She is a big, strong filly who the team have always had a nice opinion of so we are hopeful she can be very competitive in what will be a strong race.

The daughter of I Am Invincible will improve with the experience, but we are looking forward to seeing her go around on Saturday.

Damian Lane takes the ride on her from barrier two.

Seatonic has also trialled nicely and looks to be a sharp filly.

She has drawn well with barrier one and Linda Meech, who will take the ride in the race, worked her on Tuesday and was pleased with her so we think she will be thereabouts at the finish as well.

We then have First Light Racing’s Kaching running in a BM84 handicap over 1600m.

He was luckless last start, but he has drawn well for Saturday and the step up to the mile will suit him.

The son of So You Think also has pretty good form at Caulfield so we will be hoping he can settle midfield and be right in the mix at the finish.

Damian Lane takes the ride from gate five.

Our final runner at Caulfield is Ruettiger who takes on a BM84 handicap over 1400m.

He ran well the other day off the back of a long break so he will naturally have improved going into Saturday.

The step up to 1400m will suit him and the team have opted to put the blinkers back on.

We will be looking for him to settle midfield with some cover and make a strong run home.

Liam Riordan rides from barrier seven.

In Sydney at Rosehill, we have two runners with the first being stable stalwart Here to There running in a 1500m BM88.

He is in good nick and has been ticking away nicely since his win in the Camperdown Cup.

While he has drawn a wide gate, there isn’t a lot of speed in the race so we are hoping he will be able to roll forward without doing too much work or getting caught wide.

Our stable apprentice, Teo Nugent, takes the ride for his first race in Sydney and first metro ride for the team!

We then have All Too Royal running in a BM88 handicap over 1200m.

He has been super consistent this preparation with four wins and two seconds from six starts and this is a step up in class which we think he is ready for.

The race maps nicely for him and he should be thereabouts at the finish.

Robbie Dolan takes the ride, claims two kilos and will jump from barrier seven.