HAVING recently broken a drought from the winners’ circle, Brandon Bonavia hopes the floodgate will remain open.
Absent from the number one stall since last May, Bonavia scored in Bendigo last week.
Bonavia’s previous and latest victory came via Royal Cadence, which is aiming for consecutive wins in Melton tonight.
“She ran second two starts ago, and had improved so much after, I knew she was ready to win,” Bonavia said. “That was just her third run from a spell, so she is only getting into peak fitness now.
“Her work has lifted again this week and she will be better for it…but she’ll need to be as this week will be harder again.”
To be partnered by Michael Bellman – who is driving in vintage form – Royal Cadence has drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier three.
TAB Fixed Odds have the daughter of Bettors Delight listed as the $2.60 favourite, with They Call Me Al considered the main danger at $4 from gate two.
Bonavia, however, considers Hair Razor the biggest threat at $11 from barrier nine.
“She’s drawn well and I think she can find the lead from there,” Bonavia said. “After that, it depends on how much pressure she gets.
“Either way, she is happy enough in herself and will run a good race.
“I reckon Hair Razor is the main danger, but he does pull a bit, so that could also be his undoing.”
Arriving with his parents from Malta as an 11-year-old, Bonavia stated he was always destined to be involved in harness racing.
“My grandpa Grazio had harness horses in Malta, so did my Dad, Anthony, so it was only natural I would get into it when I was old enough” Bonavia said. “As soon as I could get work I was at the stables and have had stints with Jayne Davies and Brent Lilley over the years.
“I love harness racing and will keep training for as long as I can.”