Maiden Of The Week

Bonheur (AUS)

Bonheur (AUS)

3 f I Am Invincible – Bonaria by Redoute’s Choice

O: R M Anderson, Mrs P Anderson, D P Juratowitch, Mrs S H Juratowitch, G C Daniels, Busuttin Racing (Mgr: T L Busuttin) & Widden Stud Pty Ltd (Mgr: A W Thompson)

B: Widden Stud

T: Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young

S: Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2021 V: Widden Stud B: Busuttin Racing P: $975,000

W: Kis Communications Maiden Plate (1200m), Moe, September 6

I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) filly Bonheur made heads turn when winning a 1200-metre maiden plate by one and a quarter lengths at Moe on Tuesday.

The Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young-trained three-year-old had finished third on debut at Caulfield last season and also placed fifth, beaten just under two lengths, in the Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (Gr 2, 1100m) in a three-start juvenile campaign.

Confidently ridden by Jye McNeil, the daughter of Yarraman Park stallion I Am Invincible beat Black Samurai (Shamus Award) with a further head back to Miss Sassy (Written Tycoon) in third. 

“It’s good to get a result in those colours for Robert Anderson and the team at Widden as they stayed in her along with other bunch of good owners,” Busuttin said. 

“Her mum [Bonaria] got better with age. I think she will get out over a bit further and be a nice 1600-metre filly no doubt, but it’s good to get the win out of the way today.” 

A $975,000 purchase for her trainers from last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale out of the Widden Stud draft, Bonheur runs for an ownership group that includes Anderson and Widden Stud, where she was foaled and raised. 

Bonheur is the second winner out of the Group 1-winning Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Bonaria, who was also bred by Robert Anderson and foaled and raised at Widden.

Bonaria is a half-sister to Group winners Time Out (Snippetson) and Legally Bay (Snippets), herself the dam of dual Group 1-winning Royal Ascot hero Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock).

Another of Bonaria’s half-sisters is Godolphin’s exceptional blue hen Chatoyant (Flying Spur), the dam of three Group winners, headed by $1.3 million earner Paulele (Dawn Approach).

The mare has an unnamed two-year-old filly by Zoustar (Northern Meteor) and a yearling filly by Pierro (Lonhro), but missed last spring. I Am Invincible stands for a fee of $247,500 (inc GST).