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NZ Briefs for 14th of March 2018

Encouraging update on Bonneval; Concert Hall hits top note; Bright future tipped for filly; Another blow for Cambridge trainer
Encouraging update on Bonneval
The recovery signs are looking good for the side-lined New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval.
The multiple Group One winner’s proposed autumn campaign in Australia was halted by a suspensory ligament issue, but the outlook is encouraging.
“We had another scan done 10 days after the initial scan and things look fairly positive at this stage,”said Andrew Forsman, who trains Bonneval at Cambridge with Murray Baker.
“She'll have a good break and hopefully, all going well, we can get her back to the track in the spring.”
Concert Hall hits top note
Savabeel filly Concert Hall carried her winning trial form over to race day on Wednesday when she made the perfect start to her career at Matamata.
The three-year-old produced a timely finish along the fence under jockey Shaun McKay to triumph in the Team Wealleans 7 f.
“It was a nice ride and he saved all the ground,” trainer Roger James said. “She’s a filly who is still learning and when he let the brakes off she was very good.
“She’s been handled patiently and, as long as she comes each run well, I don’t see any reason why we won’t push on with her.”
Bright future tipped for filly
It’s job done for the highly-regarded filly Miss Valencia, who has been rewarded with a break.
The daughter of Ocean Park ran third in her first appearance at Wanganui before winning last time out at Trentham.
“She’s a lovely filly and she won well, we felt a spell now was in her best interests,” co-trainer Johno Benner said.
Miss Valencia held a nomination for the Gr.1 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), but connections felt that may have been a step too far at this stage.
“It would have been too much of an ask for her, she’s going to make a really nice three-year-old,” Benner said.
Another blow for Cambridge trainer
John Bell’s Cambridge stable has been hit by a further tragedy.
On Monday, his multiple stakes-placed filly Kapoor shattered a fetlock during a working gallop in preparation for this weekend’s Gr.1 Al Basti Equiworld Dubai New Zealand Oaks (2400m) and had to be humanely euthanised.
Bell has now suffered another body blow with the loss of the talented Enough, who won twice from a handful of starts. The son of O’Reilly has been buried on the property alongside Kapoor.

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