Mornington Option Favoured For Bons Away

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Trainer Ciaron Maher is keeping his options open with talented sprinter , nominating him for three upcoming races at different venues

The gelding has been entered for Friday night's Group One at The Valley, the Group One at and the Listed Hareeba Stakes at .

Maher, who trains in partnership with Dave Eustace, is favouring the Mornington option.

Stablemate Voodoo Lad has also been entered at Mornington but Maher is favouring the Valley race on Friday night for the seven-year-old.

Bons Away and Voodoo Lad both ran in the at Flemington on March 9 finishing 12th and 18th respectively behind .

Maher said Bons Away had come through his last run in good order and was a straightforward horse to train.

“The Hareeba might be a little bit softer than the weight-for-age of the William Reid Stakes, so I'm probably leaning that way at this stage,” Maher said.

“And I've given him one try on the wet before, at Warrnambool, but he'd been in a long time so I'm not sure it's a true guide, but it makes me a little nervous to take him to Sydney with all the rain up there.”

Maher said Bons Away had the ability to win a good race.

“If he gets the races run to suit him like his first-up win over , he's a high quality horse,” Maher said.

“Each year he furnishes, fills out a little bit more and gets a bit and tougher.”

Maher said the softer track at The Valley would suit Voodoo Lad who has been kept fresh at the trainer's beach complex at Tyabb since the Newmarket.

“He's an older horse with a few niggles so we'll keep him on the softer surface at the Valley,” he said.

The Maher and Eustace stable has entered Guardini, Night's Watch and Yogi for the Listed with Guardini its only likely runner.

Maher said Night's Watch could run in the Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill, wearing a one-eyed blinker.

He described Guardini as a character who was ticking over nicely and who should appreciate the 2400m.

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