Australian bred filly Bounding firmed into favouritism for the G1 NZB 1000 Guineas after a stunning victory at Te Rapa on Monday.
Bounding (3f Lonhro – Believe’n’succeed by Exceed And Excel) outclassed a very strong field of three-year-olds in the G3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes. “She’s probably the best I’ve ridden,” winning jockey Mark Du Plessis declared. “She’s a special filly.”
Bounding hit the ground running and then lengthened in the straight to score by over three lengths from Spellbinder (O’Reilly) and Miss Foxwood (Fastnet Rock).
“That was pretty to watch,” said co-trainer Bev Kelso. “We didn’t expect it to unfold like that. The plan was to settle midfield but I suppose the way she jumped Mark didn’t have much option.”
The daughter of Darley champion Lonhro has been among the best fillies on her generation since winning on debut at Ellerslie as an October two year-old. She followed up with a Listed victory over Ruud Awakening (Bernardini) in the LR Murdoch Newell Stakes at Pukekohe
Bounding returned in the autumn to win the G3 Gold Trail Stakes as well as finishing second in the G1 Diamond Stakes and G1 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.
Purchased by Tirau owner Gary Harding for $425,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, she is the first foal out of G3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Believe’n’succeed. Her dam delivered a filly by Street Cry last month.
The NZ TAB has installed Bounding a $2.80 pre-post favourite for the NZB 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 16.