Bon Aurum Overview
One of the beauties of horse racing is its unpredictable nature. Every season breeders go on a quest to find the next successful stallion, and price is often no indicator of outcome. Horses like Spirit of Boom, Better than Ready, and of course, Written Tycoon, all started their stud career at low fees and have exceeded initial expectations.
Relocated to Riverbank in 2019, Bon Aurum fits the bill for a horse with every chance of doing the same thing. A 2YO winner who was a tough racehorse and won a Gr1 sprint – Bon Aurum has the race record to rise above. His first foals are due in the spring of 2019, meaning that breeders who use him this season will benefit when those foals become 2YOs.
Winner over 1200m as a juvenile, Bon Aurum improved as a 3YO winning twice at stakes level, including the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude. Trainer Ciaron Maher called Bon Aurum, “a tough horse, an exceptional athlete and a beautiful type.” He certainly proved his worth on the track as a 4YO when he won the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes beating Gr1 winner Voodoo Lad. Bon Aurum also won a Listed race that season, taking his career total to five wins from sixteen starts.
Bon Aurum’s sire Bon Hoffa won the same Gr1 race as him, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and has built a solid record at stud since retiring with Bon Aurum his best runner to date. His group winner Bons Away is inbred to Bon Hoffa’s sire Belong to Me, giving breeders a potential clue that more Danzig, or even Danehill, might work well with Bon Aurum. Bon Aurum is out of a winning mare who descends from the imported family of group winners Young Runaway, Battement de Coeur, Tatvan Incisi, and Wolverton.
Described by his owner-bredder Ken King as a better racehorse than his sire, Bon Aurum’s race record makes him a very worthy punt at only $5,500.
Bon Aurum Pedigree
|BON HOFFA (AUS)|
|BELONG TO ME (USA)|
|PAS DE NOM|
|ASIAN REEF (GB)|
|GOLDEN CAY |
|PROMONTORY GOLD (USA)|
|GONE WEST |
|POSSIBLY PERFECT |
|HULA CHIEF |
Bon Aurum BR News
Bon Aurum Returns To Riverbank RosterMon, 20 May 2019
"A wonderful addition to the Riverbank roster," is how principal Dr Caroline Duddy describes Gr1 winner Bon Aurum who takes residence at the Benalla stud this spring where he will stand alongside Redente, Boulder City, Von Costa de Hero, Skilled, Wayed Zain and Anacheeva. "We are very excited to welcome him to Riverbank," Dr Duddy enthused, adding, “He offers exceptional value with the added bonus of having vet fees included if your mare stays with us." Remaining at the $5,500 fee he stood for during his debut season last spring, Bon Aurum served a quality book of mares including the stakes winners Hello Pamela and Tango Amigos, the dams of stakes winners Bons Away and Riziz as well as daughters of More Than Ready, Flying Spur, Commands, Red Ransom, Grand Lodge, Magnus, Bernardini, Rubiton, Hussonet, Street Sense and Lonhro. Described by trainer Ciaron Maher as "a tough horse, an exceptional athlete and a beautiful type," Bon Aurum (winner of almost $600,000) was bred and raced by Ken King who also raced his sire Bon Hoffa. Both horses claimed the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (a race also won by successful stallions Encosta de Lago, Testa Rossa and Exceed And Excel) - Bon Hoffa in 2007 with Bon Aurum saluting nine years later. The striking Bon Aurum is one of 151 winners sired by popular Bon Hoffa, whose progeny this season have won 65 races. Other impressive runners for Bon Hoffa include the exciting last start Country Championship winner Noble Boy (winner of six of his first seven starts), the in-form sprinter Bon Amis (winner of seven of his 15 starts including three of his last four) and the recent Adelaide Magic Millions 2Y0 Classic winner Done By Me. Hailing from a strong European family, Bon Aurum can boast amongst his relations the Gr1 gallopers Court Masterpiece (Sussex Stakes, Prix de la Foret) and Classic Park (Irish 1000 Guineas).
Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Bon Aurum (pic: Mark Gatt)
Al Samer to Glen Eden StudFri, 3 Aug 2018
Glen Eden Stud has announced that proven Redoute's Choice sire Al Samer will continue his stud career at its Moranding-based property this spring. Having covered at a private farm for the last couple of years, stud master Sonia O'Gorman welcomes Al Samer back to Victoria to complete her stallion roster that includes Group 1 winner Bon Aurum, European stayer Illustrious Blue and Italian Champion, Scintillo. "It is an honour to have Al Samer at Glen Eden Stud, as being a consistent producer of stakes horses, I look forward to giving mare owners the opportunity to again breed to his unique bloodlines in Victoria," O'Gorman said. "He can produce stakes-winning two-year-olds that will train on to show their best at three and with handpicked mares he will continue to produce quality racehorses that get the results on the track." A son of Champion stallion Redoute's Choice, Al Samer is out of the US-bred mare My Lady's Key, a direct descendent of Spring Adieu, the grand-dam of the legendary Danehill. Al Samer has sired four stakes winners and with 161 winners from 279 progeny to race, he holds an impressive 57% strike rate to date. He will stand the 2018 breeding season at a fee of $2,000.
Bon Aurum RetiredThu, 28 Jun 2018
Euroa-based breeder Ken King has announced that his Group 1 winning stallion Bon Aurum has been retired to stud, reports Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria. Trained by Ciaron Maher, Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa-Goldsmobile, by Promontory Gold) won 5 oh his 16 starts for nearly $600,000 in earnings. The highlight of his career came when he won the 2016 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. "It was time to call it a day. He still had the will to win, but his niggling issues probably stopped us seeing the very best of him. He can now enjoy his days in the breeding barn, passing on his strength and talent to his progeny," King said. King believes Bon Aurum possesses the requisite traits to make it as a stallion. "I believe Bon Aurum surpassed his father both in performance and quality as a type. He won at two, whereas Bon Hoffa won as a late three-year-old, and Bon Aurum raced at the elite level at three and four, whereas his sire was five when winning the Group 1," King said. "We are looking for a home for Bon Aurum and we would love him to stand in Victoria. I would support him with my broodmare band that reside at my Euroa farm, Parador Park. We also want to take advantage of VOBIS Sires and the many other VOBIS incentives that are available in Victoria). We are in discussions with a number of studs."
Bon Aurum (image: Mark Gatt)
Bon Aurum Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke StakesMon, 26 Sep 2016
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Bowness Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manilla) celebrated an elite success when 4YO entire Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa-Goldsmobile, by Promontory Gold) scored by 0.4 length for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $500,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over 5YO gelding Voodoo Lad (I Am Invincible-O'Fortuna, by Gilded Time) & 6YO gelding Fast 'N' Rocking (Fastnet Rock-For the Good Times, by Hennessy). Bon Aurum improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude & Listed The Sofitel) and 3 placings from 13 starts for $586,550 earnings. "This horse has taken a lot of work so it is a testament to the great work of my team," trainer Ciaron Maher told racing.com. "It's great to win a Group One with him." Maher said Bon Aurum would bid to double his Gr1 tally in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on 8 October. "I'm not sure if he runs a strong mile but he is in a rich vein of form and he is still on the way up so its a good time to find out," he said.
Bon Aurum (image: Mark Gatt)
Bon Aurum Wins Listed The SofitelMon, 12 Sep 2016
At Flemington in Melbourne, Bowness Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manilla) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa-Goldsmobile, by Promontory Gold) scored by 2 lengths for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $120,000 Listed The Sofitel (1400m) for 4YO+, over 5YO gelding Ulmann (Sebring-Darsini, by Danehill) & 5YO entire Hi World (High Chaparral-Beauty World, by Danehill Dancer). Bon Aurum improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude) and 3 placings from 12 starts for $284,550 earnings.
Moroney Excited About TulsaFri, 15 Jan 2016
Meanwhile, trainer Mike Moroney has labelled 3YO gelding Tulsa as the most exciting horse in his stable. Tulsa (Sebring-Morning Dews, by Peintre Celebre) showed plenty of promise during his four-start spring campaign beginning with an impressive maiden win at Pakenham before graduating to Group company with a fast-finishing second to Bon Aurum in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) in September. He was then far from disgraced when finishing midfield (8th) in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) behind star Sydney colt Press Statement. "I thought he showed glimpses of real ability last time in," Moroney told RSN's Shane Anderson when asked to nominate the most exciting horse in his yard. Moroney said the son of Sebring lacked nothing in natural ability but needed time to mature. "When young horse's are going through a growth stage they do get the wanders in their races a bit, it's hard for them to balance up," he said. "He only just got beaten in the Guineas Prelude, where if he had gone straight and drawn a better gate he probably would have won, and his Guineas [Gr1] run was still very good but he looked very immature." He added: "But he has matured a lot, he's put on a lot of weight and he's the one I'm most excited about." From the unraced Luskin Star mare Morning Dew, Tulsa is a direct descendant of the good producer Valour (Wilkes), grand-dam of champion 2YO and Golden Slipper winner Burst.
Moroney Welcomes Back Promising 3YOsTue, 24 Nov 2015
Meanwhile, talented 3YOs Tulsa and Alaskan Rose are among a number of horses due to return to trainer Michael Moroney's stable on Monday, reports AAP. Tulsa (Sebring) showed plenty of promise during his four-start spring campaign beginning with an impressive maiden win at Pakenham before graduating to Group company with a fast-finishing second to Bon Aurum in the Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) in September. He was then far from disgraced when finishing midfield (8th) in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) behind star Sydney colt Press Statement. "I thought for a horse that looked pretty backward to me, he did a very good job," Moroney said. "He should be a very big improver going into the autumn I would think." Alaskan Rose won her first two starts in good style before disappointing with unplaced efforts in the Gr2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and Gr1 Thousand Guineas respectively. Moroney said the daughter of Encosta de Lago displaced her soft palate in the Gr1 fillies feature Guineas and would do her future racing with a tongue tie.
Tulsa To Appreciate True TempoThu, 8 Oct 2015
Trainer Mike Moroney has provided an update on talented gelding Tulsa (Sebring-Morning Dews, by Peintre Celebre) who will contest the $1 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on Saturday. The son of Sebring, who races in the familiar blue and gold lightning bolt silks of prominent owner Rupert Legh, put the writing on the wall with a barnstorming second behind Bon Aurum in the Gr3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) last start, but will have to overcome the outside barrier of 16 if he is to claim his maiden stakes success. Given his get back pattern of racing, Moroney feels he is a live chance as long as the race is run at a true tempo. "We will have to go back from that draw and hopefully they will run along true enough for him. But I think they will. Usually in those big fields the race is truly run," Moroney told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "He appears to have kept improving. He's eating better and is looking better in the coat etc. He's been a little backwards so he is certainly on the improve." Moroney believes there is little separating Victoria's top males, and nominated boom Sydney colt Press Statement, already a Gr1 winner of the JJ Atkins Stakes in the winter, as the horse they all have to beat. "You could have thrown a blanket over the first seven or eight in the Guineas Prelude so there's not a lot between them. I'm as confident as you can be I suppose going into a Group One...but they are so hard to win." He added: "He's [Press Statement] been very impressive and the way Chris Waller is going at the moment he will be hard to beat." Click here to view Saturday's Caulfield fields.
Bon Aurum Wins Gr3 Caulfield Guineas PreludeMon, 28 Sep 2015
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Bowness Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manilla) added a Group success when potential-laden 3YO colt Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa-Goldsmobile, by Promontory Gold) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $175,750 Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings, over the gelding Tulsa (Sebring-Morning Dews, by Peintre Celebre) & fellow colt Dan Cielo (Per Incanto-Cent From Heaven, by Centaine). Making it a stakes double, Bon Aurum took his record to 3 wins (also including last start's Listed Pin & Win Stakes) & 2 placings from 6 starts for $202,950 earnings.
Bon Aurum Wins Listed Pin & Win StakesMon, 14 Sep 2015
At Flemington in Melbourne, Bowness Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Bon Hoffa (Belong To Me-Asian Reef, by Manilla) added a black-type success when 3YO colt Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa-Goldsmobile, by Promontory Gold) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $120,000 Listed Pin & Win Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt Lizard Island (Sebring-Bourgogne, by Choisir) & 3YO gelding El Greco (Artie Schiller-La Signorina, by Distorted Humor). This was the first stakes victory for Bon Aurum who took his record to 2 wins and 2 placings from 5 starts for $97,200 earnings.