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.
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
|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|
|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|
|15||206X452541||ROYAL BENDER||Darren Weir||TBA||6||54kg||83|