Trainer Leon Macdonald is confident that he can finish the 2012/2013 racing season on a high by winning the Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) with Nearest To Pin at Morphettville on Saturday.
The rising four-year-old made his city debut in the Sportingbet Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville on July 6 and scored an extremely impressive two and half lengths victory from Caitlin’s Spirit and Charity Belle.
Macdonald has set Nearest To Pin for the Lightning Stakes and he is hopeful that he can record his second win in the race after previously winning the event when it was known as the Dermody Stakes with Augusta Proud in 2009.
“We have kept him nice and fresh from his first-up run and it’s his last chance as a three-year-old to win a decent race,” Macdonald told News Limited.
“He’s drawn off a bit (in barrier nine), which I think will help him, because there’s a lot of speed there.
“I think this race is slightly inferior to the Lightning or Dermodys of the past, so we will give him a crack.
“Originally I thought it would be too hard for him, but he’s the third highest-rated horse in the race, so it doesn’t make it that difficult.”
Nearest To Pin ($8) is currently on the fourth line of 2013 Lighting Stakes betting markets behind one-time 2013 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) contender Thermal Current who is making his first appearance at the races since finishing third in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Caulfield on Australia Day.
Splash Of Moet ($3.7) has also been well backed after recording an impressive win in the Len French Handicap (1000m) at Morphettville a fortnight ago while Sam Kavanagh-trained Words Are Weapons has received support for what will be his final start in Adelaide before travelling North to Melbourne and Sydney for the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival.
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