Anthony Cummings’ promising young filly Diamond Earth will return to black type racing in Adelaide this Saturday when she lines up in the race formerly known as the Dermody Stakes, the Lightning Stakes 2012 at Morphettville.
A bumper number of two and three-year-olds were nominated for the $80,000 Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) this year with 24 hopefuls making up the early entries.
The Lightning Stakes nominations are led by the Darren Weir-trained Platelet, the last start Listed John Monash Stakes winner also entered for the $125,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in Melbourne this Saturday.
Another top Lightning Stakes nominee is then two-year-old Choisir filly Diamond Earth who will be racing fourth-up for the season.
A bargain buy for $60,000 from the 2011 Sydney Classic yearling Sales, Diamond Earth has already amassed $496,800 in prize money thanks to her wins in the Inglis Banner – Inglis Nursery last year.
She failed in her first stakes assignment after that however when finishing a well beaten ninth 10 lengths off the winner, subsequent Blue Diamond Stakes champion Samaready, in the Group 3 BD Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield in early February.
After a 12 week break she returned in the Inglis Bonus at Hawkesbury finishing fifth before adding a third career win to her name in a 1100m handicap at Scone on May 19.
She was last seen running second to John Thompson’s up-and-coming Fastnet Rock filly Nechita in another juveniles’ 1100m sprint at Warwick Farm on June 2, Cummings confident she has come on well since then and will be a competitive force on Saturday.
“She galloped really well at Caulfield on Saturday morning,” Cummings said.
“She will travel to Adelaide on Thursday for the Dermody and I’m pretty happy with her.
“I think she will be competitive.”
The Lightning Stakes is Diamond Earth’s last chance to add a stakes victory to her name as a two-year-old, and it will also be her debut run in Adelaide.
Along with topliner Platelet, another dually nominated Lightning Stakes – Bletchingly Stakes hopeful is the Peter Moody-trained Le Societe who comes off a fourth in the Monash Stakes.
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view the official Lightning Stakes final field and barriers once released on Wednesday.
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