Bon Amis winning at Rosehill. Picture: AAPNewcastle trainer Jason Deamer has one eye on the Ramornie Handicap when Bon Amis returns to a more preferred distance of 1200 metres at Rosehill on Saturday.
The four-year-old was luckless fifth in the Provincial Championships Final over 1400m at Randwick on April 14 after finishing second over the same distance in the Newcastle qualifier when missing the start.
Bon Amis won his first four starts, all at 1100m orless, and was a $2.90 favourite for the last at Rosehill, a benchmark 86, after drawing gate five with Jason Collett aboard.
“He went well and he obviously should have won at Newcastle, but then he got caught wide in the final but still ran on well,” Deamer said.
“He’s donewell since.Three weeks between runs and we’ve just freshened him up a bit and now probably back to his ideal distance. Good barrier, good jockey. Everything looks ideal for him.”
Deamer was keeping options open with the lightly raced Bon Hoffa gelding and said the $160,000 listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton in July could be a target.
“Hopefully he wins tomorrow and we’ll make a plan,” he said.
“Maybe the Ramorniemight suit him, but then again you have these races in Sydney each week worth $100,000, so there’s maybe no need to travel too far.”
Deamer will chase a double at Rosehill with mare Bonita, which will be second-up from a third at Muswellbrook in the 1100mbenchmark 83 handicap.
“She was good first-up with no trial and after beingcaught three wide,” he said.
“She’s a rough chance and will run an honest race, and take improvement from the run.”