Bondi Lockdown secures vital invite

Three-time Group 1 winner Bondi Lockdown is the first horse to earn a place in the $300,000 AQWA Constructions The Rising Sun harness races. Earlier today, the Victorian superstar was offered an invitation to the Southern Hemisphere’s richest race for three- and four-year-old pacers, part of the TAB Queensland Constellations.

Bondi blocking. Photo by Stuart McCormick

Bondi Lockdown was electrifying in the Chariots of Fire this weekend, running a brave second behind fellow Victorian Better Eclipse, in one of the fastest races in Australasian pacing history – including an early section of opening 400 meters world record of 24.3 seconds. The four-year-old will head north to Queensland after a superb 2021 season that has claimed 11 wins from 19 starts – including a pair of Group 1 triumphs – with his only two starts in 2022 adding another victory and placing at the top. level. Having firmly established himself as one of the country’s most promising pacemakers, trainer Aaron Dunn is excited about the opportunity to compete in the Sunshine State again after an unlucky fifth at the Queensland Derby last year. . “We are honored to receive this invitation in The Rising Sun and to consider it a feather in the hat of the reputation that Bondi Lockdown is building right now,” Dunn said. “We love being able to travel to Queensland throughout the winter, and it’s clear the Constellations are becoming a very attractive proposition for coaches across the country. “Without knowing the quality of the peloton at this stage, starting from its current form, I think we will be right at the finish and we can’t wait for July to arrive.” Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the Rising Sun – which will take place at The Creek on Saturday July 9 – will receive a price increase of $50,000, which will be $300,000 in 2022. The race also offers a $100,000 bonus for a three-year winner. First staged in 2021 as part of the inaugural TAB Queensland Constellations, it was the father-son combination of Mark and Nathan Purdon who pulled it off thanks to star mare Amazing Dream. Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said he was optimistic recent increases in racing prices will only further entice trainers across the country to race in Queensland this winter. “As the second iteration of the TAB Queensland Constellations is fast approaching, we are excited to build on the success of 2021,” Mr Parnell said. “Having the caliber of Bondi Lockdown already confirmed for the Rising Sun at this early stage is a fantastic endorsement for Carnival as a whole. “We look forward to welcoming Aaron back to Queensland and unveiling more generic acceptances as July 9 approaches.” In keeping with RQ’s focus on innovation, a “Choose your own barrier” item will be added to the draw of existing preferential barriers for The Rising Sun, which should add intrigue to the race. Depending on the conditions of the race, RQ and Albion Park Club officials may issue up to two invitations to 4-year-olds and two generic invitations to 3-year-olds, with the rest of the field made up of nominations. Throughout Constellations, over $2.5 million in prizes and bonuses will be up for grabs, including 11 Group 1s. Click here for more information on the TAB Queensland 2022 constellations.

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