Flemington Racecourse is hosting a top-class day of racing this Saturday with an elite eight race line-up set to take place for Lightning Stakes Day 2011 and with less than an hour until Flemington Race 1 jumps, the Races.com.au team take a look at the early Flemington Stakes Day field scratchings.
The headline race on today’s Flemington card is Race 6 – the $750,000 Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) due to jump at 4:10pm (AEDST) – and so far the Lightning Stakes field has had one horse scratched.#8 Stirling Grove is the sole 2011 Lightning Stakes scratching to date, leaving nine sprinters to face off in the speedy showdown including odds-on favourite Black Caviar.
Red hot jockey Craig Williams was due to ride Stirling Grove, Williams also losing the mount in Flemington Race 2 with #7 Down Under Boy scratched.
Another noteworthy Lightning Stakes Day race scratching is #6 We’re Gonna Rock who was the favourite to win Flemington Race 3.
In the opening Group race of the day, #3 She’s Got Gears has been withdrawn from the $200,000 Group 3 The Mittys Vanity (1400m) showdown.
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Lightning Stakes Day Flemington Race Scratchings – February 19, 2011
Flemington Race 1 – Talindert Stakes (1100m) – 12:50pm (AEDST)
- #4 Gone Skiing (2)
Flemington Race 2 – Antler Luggage Handicap (2000m) – 1:30pm (AEDST)
- #7 Down Under Boy (11)
- #12 Port Vell (6)
Flemington Race 3 – The Big6 Handicap (1200m) – 2:10pm (AEDST)
- #4 Midnight Mustang (14)
- #6 We’re Gonna Rock (1)
- #14 Snip Esprit (4)
Flemington Race 4 – The Mittys Vanity (1400m) – 2:50pm (AEDST)
- #3 She’s Got Gears (5)
Flemington Race 5 – CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) – 3:30pm (AEDST)
No Scratchings to date.
Flemington Race 6 – Coolmore Lightning Stakes (1000m) – 4:10pm (AEDST)
- #8 Stirling Grove (2)
Flemington Race 7 – Henry Bucks Best Dressed Handicap (1400m) – 4:50pm (AEDST)
- #1 Buccellati (8)
- #11 Miles Above (12)
Flemington Race 8 – Gurner’s Lane Handicap (1700m) – 5:30pm (AEDST)
- #1 Majestical (5)
- #10 Itimio (15)
- #12 Zevada (10)
Note: The Lightning Stakes is often misspelled “Lightening Stakes” and “Lighting Stakes”
Photo courtesy (c) Taron Clarke Photography