Group 1 winning mare Bounding has a change in direction for the Spring and will now head to the Group 1 $1m William Hill Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 23.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden sent Bounding to the paddock for a short three day break following her lacklustre third as the odds on favourite in the Group 3 $125,000 Irresistible Pools Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill last Saturday.
The former Kiwi trained mare had been targeted towards the Group 1 $400,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 26 but Snowden will keep her fresh for the 1200m Group 1 sprint at Moonee Valley.
“She pulled up alright. She knows she had a run, she’s tucked up a bit. I put her out in the paddock for three days,” Snowden told Racing And Sports.
“I aborted the plan to go towards the Rupert Clark, but maybe the Manikato later on in the prep. She is fine, just a bit of a flat run.”
“I am learning a bit about her and Saturday’s run was a bit of a learning curve for me.”
Bounding was a Group 1 winner in New Zealand for Matamata trainers Ken and Bev Kelso, claiming the NZ$200,000 Sistema Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on January 1, 2014.
At her first start for the Peter and Paul Snowden team, Bounding scored an impressive four lengths first up win over Rich Enuff in the Group 3 $150,000 theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 29.
On the strength of that win, Bounding was sent out the $1.70 favourite for the Sheraco Stakes but after jockey Brenton Avdulla gave her the perfect run behind the leaders, the Lonhro mare failed to respond in the run to the line and fell into third spot behind the Chris Waller trained Catkins and Gai Waterhouse’s speedy Echo Gal.
Bounding has raced consistently throughout her career and has recorded eight wins, six seconds and a third from her sixteen race starts on both sides of The Tasman.