On Saturday, Bonnie Brae (13-2 betting odds) claimed the Bunbury Cup despite the soft ground and heavy rain. Mounted by jockey Ryan Moore, the five-year-old took the lead inside the final two furlongs and emerged at the line two lengths ahead of runner-up Captain Bertie (7-1).
“She ran a good race in the Victoria Cup and came there to win that day but it was too quick for her at Ascot. You can only ride your own race (when the field splits). I was aware the other horse was there but she held on,” Moore told sportinglife.com afterwards.
Bonnie Brae, who clocked in with a winning time of 1 minute 30.91 seconds, earned £31,125 in first prize on behalf of owner David Elsworth. Trainer George Baker’s Belgian Bill was tagged by horse racing tipsters as the betting favourite heading into the event at 6-1, but the four-year-old fell back all the way to 12th place in the heavy rain.
In other industry news, DBS Auctions chairman Harry Beeby was recently honoured by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association at their Annual Awards. Beeby was awarded the Andrew Devonshire Bronze in recognition of his services to the bloodstock industry over the last 48 years.
Harry is the grandson of the noted Leicestershire horse dealer of the same name and son of successful dual purpose trainer George Beeby, according to DBS. George Beeby trained Brendan’s Cottage and Silver Fame to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1939 and 1951.