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Bonnington: This Amazing mare is a genuine modern day great
Tue Sep 28 2021

Bonnington: This Amazing mare is a genuine modern day great

Occasionally, for marginal and sometimes miserly reasons, champion humans and champion horses are forced to forge harder than others for recognition and acknowledgement.

Bonnington: Profound insight helps punters ride Wave of success
Tue Sep 21 2021

Bonnington: Profound insight helps punters ride Wave of success

Trotting trainers, almost exclusively, do not declare their own horses. 

In myriad ways the two equine racing codes share a decidedly similar DNA profile. 

They share similar challenges regarding animal welfare, wagering, handicapping, programming and relevance.

Bonnington: Jess no figurehead, just a hard-working star
Tue Sep 14 2021

Bonnington: Jess no figurehead, just a hard-working star

American entrepreneur Howard Schulz once said success is best when it is shared. 

On face value, that phrase sounds little more than a trite, somewhat simplistic sentiment. 

On Saturday night at Bendigo, however, it meant everything.

Bonnington: Harness racing world poised for another fairytale
Sat Sep 11 2021

Bonnington: Harness racing world poised for another fairytale

Even when articulating the extraordinary story that is General Dodge, there’s something so overwhelming about its nature that the limited human consciousness can barely comprehend it.

Bonnington: Western Sonador wins Vic Cup audition on his merits
Tue Sep 7 2021

Bonnington: Western Sonador wins Vic Cup audition on his merits

Racing has a funny way of making and breaking reputations in stunningly superficial ways. 

Bonnington: Road to spring's first major begins tonight
Sat Sep 4 2021

Bonnington: Road to spring's first major begins tonight

Differences endure about when Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival launches in earnest.

Bonnington: The eye sees Grand Circuit credentials in Bondi
Tue Aug 31 2021

Bonnington: The eye sees Grand Circuit credentials in Bondi

What are the integral ingredients which comprise a Grand Circuit pacer? 

In no particular order, any horse hoping to compete at the highest level must possess strength, speed, depth, professionalism and an almost ethereal will to win. 

Bondi Lockdown, the prophetically named colt from Victoria’s Wimmera region, has these attributes in spades.

Bonnington: Dedicated hard work to thank for trotting resurgence
Sat Aug 28 2021

Bonnington: Dedicated hard work to thank for trotting resurgence

Kiwi-born Martial Arts legend John Danaher has a theory that mastery of any physical pursuit and all manner of personal reinvention can be achieved within five years. 

But how long does it take to reinvent an entire industry? 

Roughly 10 years ago, Harness Racing Victoria resolved to revolutionise southern hemisphere squaregaiting stock as a matter of urgency. 

And for those who don’t know, squaregaiting is trotting, and trotting is different to pacing.

Bonnington: Jet set for an era of trots golden girls
Tue Aug 24 2021

Bonnington: Jet set for an era of trots golden girls

LIKE many of sport’s unique manifestations, golden generations make precious little sense. 

For footy lovers, the 2001 draft remains definitive regarding these discussions. 

Those too young or removed to remember may not know that Luke Hodge, Luke Ball and Chris Judd were the first three players picked that year before each evolved into superstars of AFL football. 

For whatever reason, harness racing currently harbours two genuine golden generations. 

Bonnington: Black type to fulfill the hype at star-studded Kilmore
Sat Aug 21 2021

Bonnington: Black type to fulfill the hype at star-studded Kilmore

SPORTS broadcasters, particularly those covering team sports encompassing long, sometimes lacklustre seasons are often forced to manufacture narratives. 

It all becomes a little like world championship wrestling at times where fabricated rivalries and bogus beefs are promoted to whet the appetites of ravenous fans. 

Don’t get me wrong, it happens in racing too. 

Occasionally, however, this phony baloney is temporarily benched by a contest or conflict which simply speaks for itself. 

Tonight’s Garrards Maori’s Idol Free For All at royal Kilmore is one such skirmish. 

Bonnington: Time great sporting nation offers something for Kate
Tue Aug 17 2021

Bonnington: Time great sporting nation offers something for Kate

RIGHT now, in purely pragmatic terms, there are few female sportspeople more motivating or meaningful than Kate Gath. 

Sadly, and this shouldn’t be the case, athletic achievements are prioritised by popularity rather than merit. 

Bonnington: Every moment matters in road to Vic Cup
Tue Aug 10 2021

Bonnington: Every moment matters in road to Vic Cup

WHILE most racing folk revel in their memories and mythologise the past, it’s equally true that punters and participants operate in an almost perpetual state of anxious anticipation for the future. 

Occasionally, as was the case through the Queensland winter carnival, dedicated diehards do, if only for a few fleeting weeks, live majestically in the moment. 

But with that carnival now consigned to history, fandom and focus rapidly recalibrates to target harness racing’s next crowning glory, the Group 1 Pryde's EasiFeed Victoria Cup. 

Bonnington: The King's defeated but long lives the King
Sat Jul 24 2021

Bonnington: The King's defeated but long lives the King

There’s an adage in racing and sport that definitively declares we learn more about horses and humans in defeat than in victory. 

And few athletes fortify the virtue and veracity of that adage more than veteran pacer King Of Swing. 

Prior to last weekend Luke McCarthy’s wildly well-travelled six-year-old stallion had already staked his claim to superstar status at least. 

Bonnington: Mission not-so-impossible produces statement win
Tue Jul 20 2021

Bonnington: Mission not-so-impossible produces statement win

THOUGH most folks fail to make a causal connection, the cornerstone of our global passion for sport is that it ruthlessly reveals humans, and horses, for what they really are. 

Despite our desperate desire for comfort and calm, there’s a plaintive part within us which quietly wonders exactly how we’d react under genuine pressure or adversity. 

On Saturday night, across two states, three standardbreds revealed their true colours in captivatingly charismatic fashion.

Bonnington: Will Majestuoso get tongues wagging at Geelong?
Sat Jul 17 2021

Bonnington: Will Majestuoso get tongues wagging at Geelong tonight

MORTIFYING as it may sound, racing, as a rule, is driven by addiction. 

Boys and girls – particularly girls – that are raised in racing families of any code have a religious record of following their historical heritage into the great game. 

Somehow, horses and greyhounds, find their way into one’s bloodstream and surreptitiously circulate their influence henceforth. 

Racing itself, however, suffers from its own desperate dependence. 

And that complex compulsion, plainly speaking, is the nattering need to find and deify superstars. 

Bonnington: Genius father helps rising son make his mark
Tue Jul 13 2021

Bonnington: Genius father helps rising son make his mark

ONE of racing’s most enduring adages solemnly states, for those with short memories, that form is temporary, and class is permanent. 

Typically, this maxim relates to horses; but it’s true for human too. 

And on Saturday night at Albion Park, Mark Purdon, arguably the greatest harness horseman in Australasian history, dramatically reminded all and sundry of his peerless class. 

Bonnington: Luck of the Irish' unites those near and far
Tue Jul 6 2021

Bonnington: Luck of the Irish' unites those near and far

WE’VE all heard some derivation of that joke where an Irishman, a Kiwi, and a Tasmanian walk into a bar. 

But what about the Kiwi horse with an Irish name and Tasmanian owners? 

That’s the background boasted by Victoria’s latest rising star, Jimmy The Irishman. 

Bonnington: The Burning mysteries that make for a great card
Sat Jul 3 2021

Bonnington: The Burning mysteries that make for a great card

FOR the last seven weeks, Harness Racing Victoria has produced a brand-new digital offering aptly branded Burning Questions. 

Via this platform participants join experts to try and solve seminal punting problems plaguing the weekend’s metropolitan programme. 

Typically, a quartet of such queries will require resolution. 

Tonight, at Bendigo’s first Saturday meeting since their Cup card, you could triple that number and still be none the wiser. 

Bonnington: The phone call that changed the trotting landscape
Tue Jun 29 2021

Bonnington: The phone call that changed the trotting landscape

IF you let it, life can cultivate wonderful, unexpected realities which were never part of one’s pre-destined plans. 

Just ask Andy Gath. 

Bred for brilliance and gargantuanly gifted, Gath has been one of Australian Harness Racing’s most recognised and resilient trainers for more than two decades. 

Bonnington: No time to rest as Sleepee makes seconds count
Tue Jun 22 2021

Bonnington: No time to rest as Sleepee makes seconds count

NO cosmic construct has preoccupied the mind of man or perplexed his sometimes limited understanding more than that of time.

Philosophers have pondered its role in our lives, Einstein uncovered we can theoretically travel ‘through’ it and, most pertinently for this piece, racing form analysts have debated its veracity and value. 

For some form students’ time means everything, for others it means nothing; the data demons live for it, the traditionalist trusts his eye over a stopwatch every day of the week.