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Ratings Expert Puts Bonneval on Top
Leading form analyst Daniel O'Sullivan from The Rating Bureau in Australia rates Bonneval (Makfi-Imposingly, by Zabeel) as the best of New Zealand's classic winners from last season and expects a bold showing from her during the spring carnival in Melbourne, reports NZ Racing Desk. According to O'Sullivan, Bonneval ran to a peak rating of 104.5 in her highly impressive Gr1 Australian Oaks victory, placing her ahead of fellow Group One winners Gingernuts (New Zealand Derby & Rosehill Guineas) with a peak rating of 100 and Jon Snow (Australian Derby) at 99. "There's no doubt in my mind that Bonneval is the superior horse based on exposed form," O'Sullivan said. "Her Australian Oaks win was a supreme staying performance, above the historical average of the race. It was a fast pace, higher pressure race which she relished, racing away to be a dominant winner in a fast time." O'Sullivan added: "Her New Zealand Oaks win demonstrated that she also has an excellent turn of foot and sustained sectional speed over 600-800m. From a staying perspective, she has all of the attributes needed to be a factor at the top-level." O'Sullivan believes Bonneval will be competitive in the spring with the Gr1 Caulfield Cup her prime target. "At four I can see Bonneval being thereabouts in the weight-for-age lead-up races over 1600-2000m, building nicely to another peak performance in the 2400m Caulfield Cup," he said.