Bondi Beach (horse)

Bondi Beach (foaled 23 February 2012) is an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse. Unraced as a juvenile, the colt emerged as a top-class stayer in 2015 with a win in the Curragh Cup. He was awarded the St Leger on the disqualification of Simple Verse but lost the race following an appeal.

Bondi Beach
Racing silks of Derrick Smith
GrandsireSadler's Wells
DamOne Moment In Time
Foaled23 February 2012[1]
BreederOne Moment In Time Syndicate
OwnerDerrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor
TrainerAidan O'Brien
Record8: 4-3-0
Major wins
Curragh Cup (2015)
Vintage Crop Stakes (2016)


Bondi Beach is a bay colt bred in Ireland by the One Moment in Time syndicate, a breeding organisation associated with the Coolmore Stud. He was sired by Galileo, who won the Derby, Irish Derby and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 2001. Galileo is now one of the world's leading stallions and has been champion sire of Great Britain and Ireland five times. His other progeny include Cape Blanco, Frankel, Golden Lilac, Nathaniel, New Approach, Rip Van Winkle and Ruler of the World.[2] Bondi Beach's dam One Moment In Time was an unraced daughter of the Moyglare Stud Stakes runner-up Hotelgenie Dot Com.[3][4]

Like many Coolmore horses, Bondi Beach was sent into training with Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle.

Racing career

2015: three-year-old season

Bondi Beach began his racing career in a maiden race over one and a half miles on heavy ground at Leopardstown Racecourse on 10 May in which he was ridden by Seamie Heffernan and started at odds of 7/1 in a nine-runner field. He tracked the leaders before moving up into second place in the straight, caught the long-time leader Bantry Bay (also trained by O'Brien) in the final strides and won by a short head.[5] Over the same course and distance (but on much firmer ground) he started 9/4 second favourite for the Listed King George V Cup 5 June. After being restrained at the rear of the field by Emmet McNamara he stayed on well in the closing stages to dead heat for second with Morning Mix, half a length behind the Dermot Weld-trained Radanpour.

At the Curragh Racecourse on 28 June Bondi Beach was stepped up in class and distance for the Group Three Curragh Cup over one mile and six furlongs in which he was matched against older horses. Ridden by Heffernan he started the 7/1 fourth choice in a six runner field behind Forgotten Rules (winner of the British Champions Long Distance Cup), Order of St George (from the Ballydoyle stable) and Panama Hat. After racing in second place behind Forgotten Rules he moved up dispute the lead approaching the final furlong at which point Heffernan dropped his whip. He was overtaken by Order of St George but rallied to defeat his more fancied stablemate by a short head.[6]

Bondi Beach was then sent to England and dropped back in distance for the Great Voltigeur Stakes over one and a half miles at York Racecourse 19 August and was made the 11/4 favourite ahead of Storm The Stars, who had finished third in The Derby, the previously undefeated Tashaar and the King Edward VII Stakes winner Balios. He was restrained by Joseph O'Brien towards the rear of the field before making progres in the straight. He moved alongside Storm The Stars a furlong out but was hampered when the leader hung to the left in the closing stages and finished second, beaten half a length. Following an enquiry by the racecourse stewards the result was allowed to stand. After the race Michael Tabor said "Michael Tabor was thrilled with his colt's effort. "The winner has got the form in the book but we've run well. Bondi Beach has run a good race and deserves to take his chance in the Leger... I would say he will be our number-one hope".[7]

On 12 September, Bondi Beach (ridden by Colm O'Donoghue) and Storm The Stars started the 2/1 joint favourites for the 239th running of the St Leger at Doncaster Racecourse. The other runners were the Ballyroan Stakes winner Fields of Athenry, the filly Simple Verse (Lillie Langtry Stakes), Vengeur Masque from France and the outsiders Medrano and Proposed. Fields of Athenry set the pace from Storm The Stars and Simple Verse with Bondi Beach in fourth. As the field entered the straight, Bondi Beach began to make progress on the outside as Storm The Stars overhauled Fields of Athenry whilst Simple Verse (ridden by Andrea Atzeni) appeared trapped on the inside rail. Entering the last quarter mile Bondi Beach was badly bumped when Atzeni switched the filly to the right. Simple Verse overtook Storm The Stars but Bondi Beach recovered his momentum and renewed his challenge only to be hampered for a second time when the filly hung to the right again in the final furlong. Simple Verse crossed the line a head in front of Bondi Beach,[8] but after a lengthy stewards' inquiry the placings were reversed, and the race was awarded to the Irish colt.[9] O'Donoghue told the stewards "Has an incident occurred? Yes. Has it took me off a straight course? Yes... my horse has received a severe bump which has obviously taken his breath, knocked him off his stride and his rhythm... he's suffered interference and he's been beaten a head on the line". Aidan O'Brien commented "It was messy down the straight. He was unlucky at York and he got two proper bumps that day and got brought right across the track. That’s the way it goes, some days it falls for you and some days it doesn’t".[10]

The connections of Simple Verse lodged an appeal against the result, and the decision was reversed in favour of Simple Verse on 23 September.[11]

On 13 October 2015, Bondi Beach was confirmed to run in the Melbourne Cup by trainer Aidan O'Brien with jockey Brett Prebble taking the ride.[12] On 3 November, Bondi Beach was sent off at odds of 16/1 for the 2015 Melbourne Cup but could only manage to finish 16th of 24 runners behind Prince of Penzance.


Pedigree of Bondi Beach (IRE), bay colt, 2012[1]
Galileo (IRE)
Sadler's Wells (USA)
Northern Dancer Nearctic
Fairy Bridge Bold Reason
Urban Sea (USA)
ch. 1989
Miswaki Mr Prospector
Allegretta Lombard
One Moment In Time (IRE)
Danehill (USA)
Danzig Northern Dancer
Pas de Nom
Razyana His Majesty
Spring Adieu
Hotelgenie Dot Com (GB)
Selkirk Sharpen Up
Annie Edge
Birch Creek Carwhite
Deed (Family 14-c)[4]
  • Bondi Beach is inbred 3 x 4 to Northern Dancer, meaning that this stallion appears in both the third and fourth generations of his pedigree.


  1. "Bondi Beach pedigree". Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  2. "Galileo stud record". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  3. "Hotelgenie Dot Com - Record By Race Type". Racing Post.
  4. "Pretty Polly - Family 14-c". Thoroughbred Bloodlines. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  5. "Irish Catholic Newspaper miden result". Racing Post. 10 May 2015.
  6. "Curragh Cup result". Racing Post. 28 June 2015.
  7. James Hill (19 August 2015). "York Stars holds off Bondi in thrilling Great Voltigeur". Racing Post.
  8. "St Leger result". Racing Post. 12 September 2015.
  9. "Bondi Beach wins St Leger after Simple Verse is disqualified". BBC Sport.
  10. Greg Wood. "Bondi Beach handed St Leger by stewards as Simple Verse is demoted". The Guardian.
  11. Press Association (23 September 2015). "Simple Verse team win St Leger appeal against demotion at Doncaster". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  12. "Brett Prebble to ride Irish horse Bondi Beach in Melbourne Cup". 13 October 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
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