Co-trainer Peter Snowden is confident an impressive first-up win in Saturday’s The Heath 1100 Stakes 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse has his high class mare Bounding on track for a run in this year’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
A five-year-old daughter of Lonhro previously trained in New Zealand, Bounding took on the boys in the $150,000 Group 3 theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m) – also registered as The Heath 1100 Stakes – and posted her maiden win down under.
Boasting a phenomenal record of seven wins and six seconds from 14 starts before today’s return, Bounding’s only unplaced effort was her 2.6 length loss when 12th behind Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) last Cox Plate Day.
A Group 1 winner back in New Zealand, the top mare was last seen running second to Vain Queen in the Group 3 GH Mumm Stakes (1100m) at Flemington last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
She ran a blistering trial at Rosehill over 1030m defeating fellow Group 1 winner Happy Galaxy over 1030m on August 17, and bought that same sensational trial form to Melbourne in The Heath 1100.
After bouncing out the gates Bounding settled beautifully for her hoop Kerrin McEvoy letting Rich Enuff and Miss Promiscuity take up the front running, taking the trail just on their heels.
Rounding the turn for home the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained last start Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes winner at the track Miss Promiscuity levelled up alongside Ken Keys’ returning Caulfield Guineas runner-up from last spring Rich Enuff who was making his four-year-old debut on the back of two winning Cranbourne trials.
Bounding was also closing hard three wide coming up to the final few hundred metres, tackling Rich Enuff at the 200m and striking the front a further 50m closer to the line after that.
Rich Enuff ($3.80) failed to answer her challenge when his hoop Dwayne Dunn asked for more and the market mover Bounding ($3) raced off easily defeating a top field in a big win after peeling to the outside and flying home.
She held a four length winning margin on Rich Enuff by the end in an exceptional return off her brilliant trial proving far too good, while Miss Promiscuity ($7.50) was far from disgraced crossing a further quarter length back for third.
Winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy was full of post-win pride, happy the mare had rewarded his and her trainers’ confidence with the winning return ahead of a big Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“She’s a very classy individual that’s for sure,” McEvoy told the media.
“We were pretty confident. She’s been doing everything right at home.
“She’s got form on this sort of ground too…and she’s shown how good she is today.”
McEvoy was also thrilled with how easy she was to direct around the course, and the ease in which she defeated Rich Enuff.
“She’s pretty nice to ride,” he said.
“She got a nice trail and had it very easy.
“She put him (Rich Enuff) to bed pretty quickly.
“Hopefully she can aim up to some good races in the spring.”
The ‘good race’ Snowden has his eye on is the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) back at Caulfield on Underwood Stakes Day, September 26, a race he believes is “tailor made” for her.
“It (The Heath win) was just what we wanted to see,” he said.
“The way she settled, she settled really well, she relaxed well and let down beautifully.
“I’ve got a long range plan ahead and hopefully we can keep going on.
“The Rupert Clarke I think is tailor made for her so time will tell and weight will tell – it’s a handicap so we’ll see.”
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2015 The Heath 1100 Stakes Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 5 – 29/08/2015
|1||7||BOUNDING||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||–||7||57kg||$3F|
|2||1||RICH ENUFF||Ken Keys||Dwayne Dunn||4L||1||58kg||$3.30|
|3||8||MISS PROMISCUITY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Ms Linda Meech||4.4L||5||55.5kg||$7.50|
|4||2||RICHIE’S VIBE||Paul Beshara||Craig Newitt||4.5L||8||58kg||$31|
|5||4||UNDER THE LOUVRE||Robert Smerdon||Glen Boss||5.5L||6||57.5kg||$6|
|6||6||THE BOWLER||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||6.25L||3||57.5kg||$41|
|7||3||THERMAL CURRENT||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||7.5L||2||58kg||$13|
|8||5||BULL POINT||Tony McEvoy||Blake Shinn||7.9L||4||57.5kg||$16|