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In-form 2012 Lightning Stakes favourite Platelet (1050m) favourite is set to be scratched from Saturday’s Morphetville feature after developing a foot abscess yesterday.
The rising four-year-old earned favouritism for the $80,000 sprint on the back of some excellent winter form, winning her last three starts.
Trained by Darren Weir, Platelet was particularly impressive last start when beating a host of more experienced horses to take out the Listed Monash Stakes at Flemington.
The daughter of Strategic is still listed in the official Lightning Stakes field but her Ballarat-based trainer admitted she was unlikely to line up.
“She’s unlikely to run. She picked up a foot abscess this morning,” Weir said.
Platelet’s expected withdrawal will see Peter Moody-trained filly Le Societe installed as favourite after showing promise during the early stages of her career.
A winner of three of five starts, the talented youngster was not disgraced when finishing less than two lengths behind Platelet when fourth in the Monash Stakes.
Also set to start among the favourites is Robert Smerdon-trained Demasheen who will join Diamond Earth as a two-year-old taking on the older horses.
The lightly-raced Demasheen is chasing a third consecutive victory while Diamond Earth has also been in quality form.
Trained by Anthony Cummings, Diamond Earth beat the highly-rated Villa Splendido two starts back before running second to Nechita at Warwick Farm last start.
Facing a step up in class is local filly Avoid Lightning who has won four of five career outings including her last three consecutively.
For her first step up to black-type racing, the daughter of Blevic has drawn reasonably in barrier seven and will be ridden by apprentice Adam McCabe.
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