Bounding delivered her rivals a crushing defeat in the Group 3 The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield over the weekend, and trainer Peter Snowden has revealed it’s all systems go towards the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) for the mare.
Jumping from the gates well in The Heath, jockey Kerrin McEvoy settled the Lonhro mare in prime position within the field of eight; receiving an ideal run in transit before mustering a scintillating turn of foot to hit the line four lengths ahead of closest rival Rich Enuff.
Snowden has been thrilled with the work produced by Bounding this time in, and is confident the conditions of the 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes will play into the strengths of the mare.
“The main reason we came here today was with that race in mind,” Snowden told Racenet.
“I think the race is tailor made for her, depending on weights.
“I spoke to Greg Carpenter (Chief Steward and Handicap for Racing Victoria) yesterday and he’s hinted the weight he’ll give her will be quite acceptable.
“I’ll keep her here now and she’ll run in the Sheraco on Saturday week.
“She gets 59 kilos, I’m aware of that, but it’s a 1200 metre race in her own back yard.
“As long as she continues to do well I’ll run her on Saturday week then it’s two and a bit weeks into the Sir Rupert Clarke.”
Posting eight wins and a further six minors through only fifteen career starts so far, Bounding began her racing career under the guidance of Ken Kelso before arriving at the Snowdens’ stable following her 2014 racing campaign.
Debuting in Australia last spring for second in the Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m), Bounding continued to impressive in placing second in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), and while unable to beat a runner home in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), returned to the paddock after a close second in the Group 3 Mumm Stakes (1100m).
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