Co-trainer Peter Snowden has confirmed a Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2015 run with his classy mare Bounding after talks with Racing Victoria’s Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter.
Over the weekend at Caulfield the five-year-old daughter of Lonhro had her 15th career start and enjoyed her eighth win with an impressive four length victory over Rich Enuff in the Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) on Memsie Stakes Day.
It was Bounding’s first start since November last year, and showed the Kiwi expat was on track for a big Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Having broken her maiden status down under with her first win on Aussie soil, Bounding will now look to add an Australian Group 1 to her record to add to her elite level Railway Stakes win at Ellerslie back in NZ in January of last year.
After her big win last Saturday, Snowden was quick to name the $400,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) back at the track on Underwood Stakes Day, September 26, as the race the team had in mind for her.
“The main reason we came here today was with that race in mind,” Snowden told the media on Saturday.
“I think the race is tailor made for her, depending on weights.”
He was mindful of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, a race he has saddled-up four unplaced runners in over the years, being a handicap clash however and the likely penalty his mare would receive as a Group 1 and now Australian stakes winner.
Snowden, who trains in partnership with his son Paul, though was pleased with the conversation he had with Carpenter early this week and said the weight she would carry was “acceptable”.
“I spoke to Greg Carpenter yesterday and he’s hinted the weight he’ll give her will be quite acceptable,” he said from Randwick on Tuesday morning.
Bounding is back in Sydney preparing for a return to Melbourne, and Snowden was thrilled with her current condition and the way she came through her first-up run.
“She is in very good order, the run didn’t worry her at all,” he said.
“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.”
The $125,000 Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) runs at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Rose Stakes Day, September 12, and was won last year by the Chris Waller-trained Catkins who went on to run third to Bonaria in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
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