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Bunbury trainer Frank Bonnett is renowned for his successes with two-year-old fillies and Catch The Red Eye rekindled memories of his brilliant fillies of yesteryear, Sovereign Beejay and Sheza Clout, when she won the $18,000 Simmonds Steel Laser And Tube Cutting Pace over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Catch The Red Eye, second fancy at $3.40, impressed when Deni Roberts drove her to an easy victory over the $2.65 favourite In the Spotlight and Five Bangles ($8) to give Bonnett an early 70TH birthday present.

Bonnett, who will celebrate his milestone birthday on Wednesday week, prepared Sovereign Beejay (2004) and Sheza Clout (2006) for their victories in the Diamond Classic for two-year-old fillies.

He also was the trainer of Party Date early in her career which saw her win 25 races and $256,003. Catch The Red Eye is closely related to Party Date, whose dam Boom Or Bust is the granddam of Red Hot Go, the mother of Catch The Red Eye.

Party Date’s wins included the group 3 Ladyship Cup at Moonee Valley in May 2004 and the 2005 Easter Cup at Gloucester Park. She has produced eight winners, including Bettor Party (40 wins and $351,417), Rocknroll Whitby (20 wins and $234,786) and Pierre Whitby (14 wins and $139,511).

Bonnett, whose previous Gloucester Park metro-class winner was Bee Jays Boy, winner of the $20,000 Westbred Classic Consolation for two-year-old colts and geldings on June 28, 2019, has been winding down his training commitments in recent years, and he has only two pacers in his Bunbury stables.

His daughter Maree is the mother of outstanding young reinsman Bailey McDonough, who is enjoying plenty of success in the sulky since moving to Victoria earlier this year.

Bonnett, who has more time now for his favourite pastime of fishing, also helps with the track maintenance at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park. He said that Catch The Red Eye would now go for a three-month spell before being prepared for her three-year-old season next year.