By Brad Gray
In whatever language you speak, Bon Amis is very good.
The first up victory of the unbeaten sprinter had to be seen to be believed and on the back of that win, Newcastle-based trainer Jason Deamer will line Bon Amis up at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The four-year-old son of Bon Hoffa was purchased for just $4000 and since being under the care of Deamer for the past 12 months, Bon Amis has flourished.
“The main owners Gary Sheppard and Tom Bremner have had horses with me before but at the time their next horse was only a yearling so they wanted a horse to race in between. They couldn’t wait so they went looking and found this bloke on the internet quite cheap and the rest is history,” Deamer explained.
“He had been broken in but was unraced.”
Bon Amis has won $39,030 already in prizemoney and another $53,375 will jump in if he can make it four from four. The aptly named gelding, with Bon Amis being French for ‘good friends’, will be cheered home by his legion of excited owners at the track on Saturday.
“Most of them will be there. (Last start) was the first time a lot of them had even seen him and it’s the first time a lot of them have been in a horse. It’s good to see people enjoying their horse and having a good time,” Deamer said.
Bon Amis was an unassuming type when he entered Deamer’s stable with the former jockey now eager to find out where Bon Amis’ ceiling is given the amount of improvement he has shown from preparation to preparation.
“We don’t know how far we’ll get with him but we’ll learn a bit more on Saturday. He is not a mad jump and run horse and although this is his first go over 1100m, he gives the impressive he’ll handle it with ease,” he said.
“I never had that big of an opinion of him. He just goes about his work and has gradually improved with every run.
“We didn’t really plan such a quick jump to Sydney on a Saturday but the handicappers pushed us that way. It does look a nice race for him though.”
Now, back to that devastating fresh win at Newcastle where Bon Amis put near five lengths on talented filly Envy Of All in the blink of an eye and did so with Rory Hutchings easing up.
Bon Amis trouncing his rivals at Newcastle over 900m
“I thought he’d win but I didn’t think he’d cruise past them and win untouched by that kind of margin,” admitted Deamer.
“He looked to be travelling very easily and when he got onto the back of Envy Of All, Rory still hadn’t moved, so he had her covered and she was the only danger. Rory was rapt in the run and how good he felt.
“Anyone that saw him on the day would have noticed that he was still hairy and not quite right in the coat. On Saturday he’ll still have a bit of hair on him but you’ll see a much better looking horse.”
Deamer currently has 11 in work and regards two-time Group One winner Lovely Jubly as the best he has ever trained. As well as winning Queensland’s two-year-old features the Sires Produce Stakes and TJ Smith Classic, Lovely Jubly also took out the rich Magic Millions Classic and ran second to Bollinger in the 2003 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.
“She was a freak. The way this bloke is going it would be nice if he could get up near her level,” said Deamer.
Now a celebrated broodmare, Lovely Jubly’s deeds on the track are proceeded by the fact that she gave birth to one of the most brilliant sprinters in Australian racing history.
“I keep an eye on them all with a bit of interest. Obviously Chautauqua is the best but there have been a couple of other good ones along the way.”
Bookmakers expect Bon Amis to remain unbeaten, with TAB Fixed Odds rating him $1.80 in their early market.