Next month’s 2012 Light Fingers Stakes has been named as a target by the connections of many exciting three-year-old fillies, the race shaping up as a must-watch affair for keen punters this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Won by many a turf champion over the years including More Joyous (2010) and Forensics (2008), this year’s edition of the $1750,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) is set to run at Warwick Farm on February 18 as part of the top racing action of Lightning Stakes Day 2012.
The most notable of the 2012 Light Fingers Stakes-bound fillies this year is Guy Walter’s Group 1 star Streama.
The daughter of Stratum enjoyed a stunning spring season last campaign winning three straight Group features, the last of which was her commanding six and a half length victory in the Group 1 Coolmore Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 1.
She easily defeated a tough field and the punters will be eagerly awaiting her autumn return.
Other smart fillies that could be out to challenge Streama first-up in the Light Fingers Stakes include Dan Morton’s multiple Group winning WA filly Bliss Street, John O’Shea’s recent Canterbury winner Sea Siren and the Neville Layt-trained Karuta Queen.
Karuta Queen has given her Canberra trainer Layt the ride of his life winning over $1.7 million in prize money in her 12-start career to date thanks to victories including the Wyong and Gold Coast Magic Millions Classics.
Last seen finishing second to up-and-comer African Pulse in the Schweppes Tonic 1000 (1000m) on Melbourne Cup Day, Karuta Queen is expected to resume in the Lighting Fingers Stakes before targeting Group 1 glory later in the year.
Layt said the other first-up option of the $350,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 25 would likely be too much too soon for his stable ace.
Meanwhile the David Payne-trained Al’s Magic Miss will resume at Warwick Farm this weekend ahead of a Light Fingers Stakes run.
The daughter of Magic Albert was last seen racing at Canterbury back in late September.
Over her 10-start career to date, which has produced two victories, Al’s Magic Miss has always been just off the top crop her age.
A first-up win in the Rosebud Fillies Preview on a Heavy (10) Warwick Farm track back in July last year was followed by a sixth to Aeronautical in the Listed Rosebud (1200m).
Al’s Magic Miss went on to record a number of close stakes finishes including her fourth, beaten less than a length by Pane In The Glass, in the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and her second to possible Light Fingers Stakes rival Karuta Queen in the Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on September 17.
Tomorrow Al’s Magic Miss races in the $70,000 Vinery Stud Handicap (1000m) at Warwick Farm where Payne will be able to gauge where she is at for the upcoming autumn features.
“She’s taken on the best and competed well so we’ll look for something like the Light Fingers Stakes for her,” Payne, who prepared 2009 Light Fingers Stakes winner Rock Me Baby, said.
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