Plenty of horsepower Underthebonnet

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Trainer Ben Ahrens believes Underthebonnet will develop into a quality stayer after the Stromberg Carlson gelding won the Sky Racing Handicap (1815m) at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.

Ahrens has only been preparing Underthebonnet since an unplaced run in the G3 Grand Prix in May. The lightly raced gelding had won two in a row at Ipswich leading into the winter carnival.

Underthebonnet (4g Stromberg Carlson – Starry Eire by Honour And Glory) finished strongly to score a impressive victory at Eagle Farm. “Steele Ryan cut back his team after the carnival and I got him because the owners live near my stables at Beaudesert,” Ahrens said. “He’s been very consistent and deserved to win but a lot of credit goes to Chris Munce. It was a great ride.”

Underthebonnet is by Raheen Stud sire Stromberg Carlson and the bottom half of his pedigree is dominated by leading broodmare sires Zabeel, McGinty and Better Boy.

His dam Starry Eire is owned by Tubby Turner’s Alma Vale Bloodstock. She has foaled three fillies in last three years by Turner’s Danehill sire Ukok Warrior.

Stromberg Carlson (Redoute’s Choice) is a half-brother to Testa Rossa and he has sired 58 individual winners of 127 races in his first three crops.

Stromberg Carlson gelding wins his third race at Eagle Farm
Photo / Noel Pascoe