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Daughter of Jackson proves too strong

In a thrilling finish to the R150 000 WSB.co.za Listed Irridescence Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday, Ridgemont Highlands rider Greg Cheyne got the Jackson filly Bonika up to shade Richard Fourie on Miss Marguerite in the shadow of the post.

Ona  beautiful sunny winter’s day at the Southern Suburbs track, the outcome went to the judge, with ace racecaller Rouvaun Smit leaning towards Bonika on the outside, but without any certainty.

Bonika (Greg Cheyne) ranges up on the outside of Miss Marguerite (Richard Fourie) in a great finish

A R15 000 bargain buy off the first online mare and weanling sale by Kathi Kotzen, who was looking for a companion for one of her horses, Bonika made it three wins with four places from eight starts and took her stakes tally to R233 100 with a courageous victory.

“She was beautifully bred and Glen and I went across the road to have a look at her. We liked her and thought we would take a chance at R15 000. We couldn’t go too far wrong at that price and she has really done so well and has so much heart,” said a thrilled Kathi, wife of Woodhill Racing conditioner Glen, who spoke to the Sporting Post from Durban.

While it was Bonika’s first trip beyond 1200m, the daughter of former Ridgemont Highlands -based sire Jackson (Dynasty) had shed her maiden early on at Durbanville and coped admirably with the turn.

Running on strongly late in the race after Lady Mistico had done the donkey work, Bonika (6-1) got the verdict by a head from tote favourite Miss Marguerite (3-1) in a time of  96, 95 secs.

The fancied Ciao Bela (3-1) had every chance but had nothing to came and stayed on tamely in third, a further 1,75 lengths back.

Bred by Alec Foster, the winner is a daughter of now Gauteng-0based sire Jackson (Dynasty) out of the three-time winning Captain Al mare, Petala.

Assistant trainer Des Mclachlan did the honours.

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  1. Editor says:

    RACE 2 : WSB.co.za IRRIDESCENCE STAKES (Listed) : 1500m : Ref 507
    Starter: Mr A Blayi Loading time: 1 min 57 sec Runners: 9

    Carded time: 12h40
    Rescheduled time: —
    Off time: 12h44.07
    Provisional result: 12h48.41
    All Clear: 12h51.12


    a) BONIKA (G Cheyne) and SPYWING (C Orffer) were slow into stride.


    a) This race was delayed as a result of the delay in the previous race.
    b) Shortly after the start, BONIKA (G Cheyne) and CAMILLE CLAUDEL (A Domeyer) were inconvenienced on the outside of FUN ZONE (S Khumalo), which shifted out and had to be straightened. Shortly thereafter, FUN ZONE (S Khumalo) raced onto the heels of CIAO BELLA (K de Melo) and had to be steadied.
    c) CAMILLE CLAUDEL (A Domeyer) raced without cover until leaving the 1200m and, as a consequence, over raced in the early stages.
    d) In view of the performance of CAMILLE CLAUDEL, which was examined at the start at the request of Jockey A Domeyer and which was not persevered with from the 150m, the veterinary surgeon was requested to examine this filly.
    e) Jockey R Fourie was charged with a contravention of Rule 58.10.2 (read with Guideline M on the use of the crop) in that he misused his crop by striking MISS MARGUERITE more than 12 times in the entire race. Jockey R Fourie signed an admission of guilt and was fined R1500,00. In determining penalty, the Board took into account the distance over and manner in which Jockey R Fourie used his crop and the number of strikes (14) over the permissible level.
    f) BONIKA, the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Assistant Trainer D McLachlan, acting on behalf of Trainer GS Kotzen, was advised. (SC)


    a) Nil


    a) Nil


    a) CAMILLE CLAUDEL – examined at the start. Passed suitable to race
    b) CAMILLE CLAUDEL – examined post-race. Nothing obvious detected. Trainer C Bass-Robinson was requested to report back should she find anything amiss with this filly on her return to the stables.


    1ST 1 BONIKA GS Kotzen G Cheyne 6/1
    2ND 7 MISS MARGUERITE ELP Steyn R Fourie 0.05 0.05 3/1
    3RD 4 CIAO BELLA SJ Snaith K de Melo 1.75 1.80 3/1
    4TH 5 FUN ZONE C Bass-Robinson S Khumalo 1.25 3.05 25/2
    5TH 2 CALL ME THE BREEZE SJ Snaith L Mxothwa 0.10 3.15 40/1
    TIME OF RACE: 1 min 36.95 sec
    Favourite 7 MISS MARGUERITE ELP Steyn R Fourie 0.05 3/1

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