An early scratching from the full 2012 Light Fingers Stakes field at Warwick Farm on Saturday has seen Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker’s prayers answered as his promising Starcraft filly Pineapple will now come into what is looking to be a very competitive edition of the fillies-only clash.
Due to jump as Warwick Farm Race 7 at 5:10pm, the $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) lost early withdrawal #12 Colorado Claire on Thursday.
After this morning urging just how much he would like to see his first emergency Pineapple gain a start on Saturday, Parker will now have his fingers crossed she can race competitively as a $51 roughie in the Light Fingers Stakes odds at Luxbet.
“I’d love to get a run it,” Parker said this morning.
“We’ve got to throw her in the deep end but we’re never scared of having a fight and I don’t’ think she is, she doesn’t know she doesn’t read the paper.
“She’s a nice filly. If we get a guernsey we’ll be there trying.”
Pineapple, purchased for just $27,000 from the 2010 Scone Yearling Sales, debuted on February 4 with a tidy one length win over 1000-metres at her home Kembla Grange track.
She must show bucket-loads of improvement, however, if she is to finish in the top half of the field on Saturday.
Light Fingers Stakes betting is currently lead by Guy Walter’s resuming Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Streama who took out the Princess Series Triple Crown in her last three starts of the spring.
Racing for the first time since October, the smart Stratum filly is drawn ideally in barrier two and pays $3.40 – in from $3.60 – at Luxbet to return in the same winning fashion.
Narrow second elect is the Neville Layt-trained Karuta Queen at $3.70 through Luxbet, the Queanbeyan speedster looking to repay the faith of the punters that lost when she ran fourth first-up in the Group 3 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield last Saturday.
Other notable Light Fingers Stakes hopes include multiple Group 1 performer Hallowell Belle ($9.50 Luxbet) back in the care of Gai Waterhouse, the Patinack Farm-owned Pane In The Glass ($11 Luxbet), John O’Shea’s smart Sydney filly Sea Siren ($13 Luxbet) out for her third win on the trot, and the Peter Snowden-trained Altar ($13 Luxbet) who hasn’t raced since her close fifth behind boom stablemate Sepoy in last April’s Golden Slipper.
Parker is first to admit Pineapple is up against a hot field, signaling out Karuta Queen as the main danger even from her wide barrier 12 draw.
“They’ve got the writing on the board,” Parker said.
“I suppose the Queanbeyan filly speaks for herself, she’s been there and one it but she gas got to back up after a week going to Melbourne last week and things going against her.
“I suspect a lot of horses are going well and looking forward to the autumn.
“They’ve been there and done it, our girl’s broken her maiden and that’s it.
“Realistically she’s untapped, we don’t know her ability, but we’ll find out a little bit more Saturday.”
Pineapple will jump from barrier 14, into 13 if second emergency Rose Pattern fails to gain a start, with Jeff Penza retaining the ride after being aboard for her debut victory.
“She’s done well so far this prep and to win the way she did – I’m excited about Saturday,” Penza said.
“I’m not saying she’s going to win of course but I just want to see her run a really good race so we know which direction we’re going to head with her.
“We’re very happy with her and I remember jumping her out a while ago and Kerry said ‘this one goes nice’.
“She’s half got the breeding behind her and she’s a very big strong horse.
“We’ll test her up the straight and see what she’s got.”
Another Light Fingers Stakes roughie who will be out to prove herself is the Clarry Conners-trained Debelle.
Conners has two fillies from his stables running in the race on Saturday with last-start Warwick Farm winner Blue Ruby ($101 Luxbet) and the well-tried Debelle ($41 Luxbet), the second of which he has an especially high opinion of.
“I think she’ll run a mighty race,” he said of the daughter of Snitzel.
“She had a trial last week and she’s jumping out of her skin.
“She races very well fresh that filly.”
Check out the latest Light Fingers Stakes odds below then head to the Tabcorp-owned and trusted online bookmaker Luxbet to lock in your picks.
2012 Light Fingers Stakes Odds
Warwick Farm Race 7 – 5:10pm – 18/02/2012
|1||KARUTA QUEEN (12)||3.70 Luxbet|
|2||PANE IN THE GLASS (18)||11.00 Luxbet|
|3||STREAMA (11)||3.40 Luxbet|
|4||HALLOWELL BELLE (4)||9.50 Luxbet|
|5||SCHIFFER (2)||19.00 Luxbet|
|6||ALTAR (9)||13.00 Luxbet|
|7||AL’S MAGIC MISS (13)||21.00 Luxbet|
|8||EMMALENE (16)||17.00 Luxbet|
|9||NOCTURNELLE (6)||16.00 Luxbet|
|10||DEBELLE (5)||41.00 Luxbet|
|11||KNEELING (17)||15.00 Luxbet|
|12||COLORADO CLAIRE (15)||–|
|13||MISS SPOKEN (3)||81.00 Luxbet|
|14||SEA SIREN (10)||12.00 Luxbet|
|15||FOX (1)||35.00 Luxbet|
|16||BLUE RUBY (8)||101.00 Luxbet|
|17e||PINEAPPLE (14)||51.00 Luxbet|
|18e||ROSE PATTERN (7)||81.00 Luxbet|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by Luxbet and subject to change