Bonner looking for further success
Up and coming apprentice Sarah Bonner is enjoying the opportunities on offer in the Goldfields.
The twenty year old had her first race ride in in October last year and has since notched fifteen winners in less than six months.
Bonner, who is indentured to prominent Perth trainer Dan Morton says her decision to become a jockey was a result of growing up around horses in the Wheatbelt.
“I used to live out in Katanning and there were always horses around, I got the horse bug out there and stuck with it when we moved back to the city” Bonner said.
Contrary to many other riders in the industry, Bonner had no previous link to the racing industry prior to deciding to take out her apprenticeship.
“My parents supported me one hundred percent, my whole family including family overseas all follow my racing now and watch on TV”
Bonner has made a good start to the Kalgoorlie season with a winner at all three meetings to date.
Bonner’s winners have been on Enchanting Miss, Kamballie and Miss Harley Quinn.
A determined Bonner says she is looking forward to more success throughout the season at the KBRC.
“I am absolutely loving it, I’ve gotten a few winners there so it’s my favourite track at the moment”
Bonner will rider for trainers Peter Fernie, Paddy Bermingham and Neville Newton today.
Bonner believes Kamballie is her best engagement today with the Blackfriars mare coming off a last start victory when dominant over the 1300m.
“I think Kamballie is my best chance, she has a good draw once again and should be going good”
“Of the others Roadsinger has had a couple of runs now which included a win so he should go well also”
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club has provided a good foundation for young riders with previous leading apprentices including Chris Parnham, Emma Stent and last year Clint Johnston-Porter.
Chris Parnham has spent his time riding between Victoria and Western Australia whilst Clint Johnston-Porter has had success in the Perth metropolitan area combining with the state’s leading trainer Adam Durrant.
Stent has been sidelined after a track work incident in October last year and will resume riding in the coming months.