Lightning Handicap 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

A 16-horse field containing plenty of quality sprinters has been named for Saturday’s Listed $80,000 2012 Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm.

Liston Son (inside) and Excellantes

Excellantes is one of the top chances in the Lightning Handicap

One of the top contenders is in-form Robert Heathcote-trained gelding Excellantes who has drawn wide in barrier 12.

The talented four-year-old is chasing a third consecutive victory after winning the Westfield Chermside Handicap and Listed Chief De Beers Quality.

Desleigh Forster-trained gelding Adebisi will appreciate the drop back in class to Listed level after struggling to be competitive in both the BTC Cup and Doomben 10,000.

The four-year-old has drawn well in barrier seven and has recorded two of his seven career victories at the 1000-metre distance.

Carrying the top weight of 59kg is Catbird gelding Facile Tigre who is also dropping back in class after finishing at the back of the field in the BTC Cup.

The Jason McLachlan-trained gelding signalled Group 1 potential earlier this year when third in the Oakleigh Plate and has recorded seven career victories from 18 starts.

Kelso Wood-trained gelding Seek And Find has drawn well in barrier seven and gets a chance to exact revenge on Excellantes after finishing second in the Chief De Beers Quality.

The five-year-old preceded his Chief De Beers effort with a win in the Doomben Dash and will get out of the gates quickly with Jason Taylor in the saddle.

Tierqualo returns from a spell and will from barrier three after recording back-to-back victories in March including a huge 5 ½ length win in the Gold Coast Stakes.

Other horses in the Lightning Handicap field are last-start winners Audacious Spirit and Royal Bender and Doomben Dash runner-up Nuptse.

The Lightning Handicap takes place as part of a bumber Eagle Farm program this weekend that is highlighted the the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, Queensland Derby and TJ Smith.

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Lightning Handicap 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty
1 1X211X30X0 FACILE TIGRE Jason McLachlan Brad Rawiller 2 59kg 103
2 X1139X1660 ADEBISI Desleigh Forster Chris Munce 7 58kg 101
3 22X740311X TIERQUALO Kelly Doughty Daniel Griffin 3 57.5kg 100
4 0X7749X0X0 GHETTO BLASTER Gillian Heinrich Glen Colless 15 57kg 99
5 X22469X411 EXCELLANTES Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 12 56.5kg 98
6 3911122X12 SEEK AND FIND Kelso Wood Jason Taylor 5 56.5kg 98
7 035X1X449X PAPRIKA Liam Birchley Luke Nolen 8 54kg 97
8 0X14331X21 AUDACIOUS SPIRIT Gillian Heinrich Glyn Schofield 11 54kg 90
9 7X79520X9X FALCO STAR Liam Birchley TBA 10 54kg 88
10 42439X310X GRIFFON Robert Heathcote TBA 14 54kg 88
11 113515X322 OUTSTANDINGLY Tracey Wolfgram Michael Walker 13 54kg 87.5
12 X3423X154X CARRY TO FORTUNE Sandra O’Sullivan Peter Mertens 16 54kg 87
13 1134513X25 NUPTSE Brian Wakefield Jeff Lloyd 9 54kg 87
14 1X49052145 NOROCOS Norm Hilton TBA 4 54kg 83
15 206X452541 ROYAL BENDER Darren Weir TBA 6 54kg 83
16 005446507X SHEEDY Michael Jacobs TBA 1 54kg 81