Bon Hoffa relocates to Bowness Stud

Bon Hoffa has relocated to Bowness Stud at Young in NSW after covering his first book at Riverdene Stud in 2009.  He served 85 mares last year and will stand this season at $8,800.

The powerful chestnut captured the G1 MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes defeating G1 winners Niconero, Wonderful World, Divine Madonna, Orange County, Anamato and Undue.

That Group 1 can lay claim to helping launch the stud careers of Encosta de Lago, Testa Rossa, Exceed and Excel and other notable performers including Redoute’s Choice, Bel Esprit and Miss Andretti.

Bon Hoffa also won back-to-back editions of the G3 Bobbie Lewis Quality down the straight-six at Flemington and was runner-up to champion sprinter Apache Cat in the 2007 G3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield and the G2 Blamey Stakes at Sandown.

“We have over 100 mares at Bowness and it’s not practical to send them all to the Hunter Valley,” studmaster John North said yesterday.  “There aren’t a lot of alternatives in this part of the world with Darley closing Cootamundra and Riverdene shutting up shop.

“Bon Hoffa is a Group 1 winning sprinter with an electric turn of foot,” North added.  “His is a proven pedigree – James Bester paid $1.20 million for his half-brother by Redoute’s Choice at the 2010 Easter yearling sale.”

Bon Hoffa is by Belong To Me (Danzig) who stayed on the premises when Nathan Tinkler bought Alanbridge Stud and renamed it Patinack Farm.  Other notable stakes horses by Belong To Me in Australia include All Silent (VRC Emirates Stakes), Proprietor (AJC The Galaxy), Bulla Borghese (VRC Oaks), Belong To Many (AJC Sapphire Stakes) and Before Too Long (MVRC Champagne Stakes).

Bon Hoffa is the latest Riverdene Stud sire to find a new home.  Last month, it was announced Seidnazar would transfer to Banchory Thoroughbreds in Queensland while Enemy of Average, Marwina and Zariz were relocated to Kooringal Stud.

Riverdene studmaster Kevin Pendergast lost Half Hennessy when the G1 Queensland Derby winner sustained a fractured leg in a paddock accident last September.

For further information on Bon Hoffa, contact John North on (02) 6384 6270.