Australia’s Best Value Sire Might Not be Standing in the Hunter Valley

Tara Madgwick - Friday October 20
A recent run of success for this unheralded sire has many budget conscious broodmare owners reconsidering their mating plans for this spring.

Bon Hoffa with John North - image Virginia HarveyWith 25 winners since the start of the season headed by stakes-winner Bons Away and progressive sprinter Don't Give a Damn, Bowness Stud's Bon Hoffa is riding the crest of a winning wave.

"Every day we are getting bookings for Bon Hoffa– his book is really gathering momentum as the season progresses," said John North.

"He is probably the best-value stallion in Australia."

Standing at a fee of $5,500, Bon Hoffa is the sire of winners of over $7million in prizemoney with his standout performer the Group I winner Bon Aurum, who captured last year's MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and has won nearly $600,000 in prizemoney.

He is also the sire of stakes-winner Deiheros, winner of the rich Listed Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast and in form sprinter Bons Away, who has risen rapidly through the Melbourne sprinting ranks this spring.

Bons Away - Grant CourtneyThe Ciaron Maher trained four year-old won four successive races culminating with a brilliant win in the Listed MRC Testa Rossa Stakes last month beating Brave Smash, who placed in The Everest and Fast 'n' Rocking, who came out to win his next start in stakes company.

Now with Aaron Purcell, Bons Away was most recently a close and unlucky fourth to Keen Array in the Group II VRC Gilgai Stakes and clearly has bigger wins in store.

With five wins from just 10 starts, Bons Away is a highly promising sprinter with untapped potential.

Not far behind in the untapped potential stakes is the Danny Williams trained four year-old Don't Give a Damn, who scored an explosive win in the $100,000 Highway Consolation event at Randwick last Saturday.

Don't Give a DamnHe drew the outside in the field of 14 and dominated his rivals to win the 1400 metre contest by two and a quarter lengths, his third win from just four starts with his only other run a close second at Rosehill.

Don't Give a Damn is from an unraced daughter of Forest Glow (USA) from a family best described as modest, proving Bon Hoffa has that ability to upgrade his mares to produce a very nice winner and even a stakes-winner.

A big imposing individual standing well over 16 hands, Bon Hoffa puts size and strength into his offspring as well as speed!

Bowness Stud has also been quietly pleased with the early results of their young Sadler's Wells sire Bullet Train (GB), a three-quarter brother to Frankel.

Bullet Train has had four winners since the start of the season putting him in the Top 10 of Australian Second Season Sires.

"He is starting to gather momentum as his progeny are getting older and we are getting a lot of 'repeat buyers' at the sales," said John North.

"The people who have bought his progeny previously are all coming back to look at them."

Bullet Train stands at a fee of $8,800 alongside associate sires Bon Hoffa and new addition Myboycharlie (IRE) also priced at $8,800.

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