Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bonfire Looks a Flaming Good Bet

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bonfire Looks a Flaming Good Bet

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IT WILL take something of a leap of faith to support Bonfire in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, but in the absence of a rock-solid favourite, he rates a value bet.

So You Think's 11th hour withdrawal through injury has robbed the Group One event of its headline act, with the ex-Australian superstar due to have enjoyed his swansong before returning to stud in his native country.

However, Bonfire can use the situation to his advantage and atone for a lacklustre effort in the Investec Derby last time.

Placed at the highest level in France as a juvenile, Bonfire was all the rage for Epsom after turning in a faultless performance on his reappearance in the Dante.

The Manduro colt went into the Derby rated just a few pounds behind Camelot but the gap turned out to be much wider than that as Bonfire trailed home just over 13 lengths back in sixth.

However, Andrew Balding's charge clearly did not handle the Epsom cambers that day and, given that his half-sister Joviality is top-class over a mile, the mile-and-a-half trip looked beyond his capabilities. …

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