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Veteran East Cannington owner-trainer Peter Marsh is looking forward to the prospect of two-year-old filly Bonstar following in the footsteps of Bonsu, a mare he prepared throughout her 216-start career of 14 wins and 57 placings for earnings of $131,948.
Bonsu gave her owners Marsh and E. J. Bastow considerable enjoyment in a nine-year career from 2011 to 2019, during which her only win at Gloucester Park came in July 2013.
Marsh and Bastow outlaid $8000 to purchase Bonstar at the 2020 APG Perth yearling sale, and the filly has netted $19,663 in stakes from her one win and four placings from ten starts.
Bonstar, by Follow The Stars, is closely related to former top-flight pacer Buck The Odds, who earned $307,547 from 31 wins and 29 placings from 121 starts.
Bonstar, the favourite at $1.80 from the No. 1 barrier in the Retravision Pace over 1730m at Gloucester Park on Friday night, was driven confidently by Shannon Suvaljko. The filly was untroubled to lead all the way and coasted to victory by three and a half lengths over the $5 second fancy Free Wheeling, who recovered well after being checked 900m from home when See The World broke into a gallop.