Talented gelding Buddy Bundy is set to make his black type racing debut at Morphettville on Saturday after being included in the 2014 Lightning Stakes nominations.
Buddy Bundy has had eight race starts since making his debut in December of last year and has put together an impressive record of five wins and two placings.
The son of Al Maher started his winter campaign with a win at Gawler on April 25 and finished a narrow third in the Don’t Drive Handicap (1050m) on May 3 before scoring an impressive two and a half lengths win in the Hamilton Holden Handicap (1000m) on May 24.
Buddy Bundy was his own worst enemy when he finished second in the Ice Adelaide Events Handicap (1050m) on June 7, but returned to winning form in the Leader Computers Handicap (1050m) before scoring back-to-back wins for the first time in his racing career in the Tapestry Wines Handicap (1000m) on July 12.
Another horse that is taking winning form into the Lightning Stakes is Lloyd Kennewell-trained Thiamandi, who has also been included in the nominations for the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Thiamandi finished fourth in the 2013 edition of the Lightning Stakes and has been in good form since returning to the races in June; taking out the Saroa Horses’ Birthday Lunch Handicap (1000m) at Morphettville on June 28 and The Cove Hotel Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield on July 5.
One of the most interesting runners in the 2014 Lightning Stakes nominations is Matthew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Hard Stride.
Hard Stride has previously raced at black type level, finishing sixth in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) earlier this year, and she has performed consistently throughout what has been a lengthy autumn/winter campaign.
The Street Sense filly won the Taralye-Deaf Kids Talking Handicap (1200m) at Caulfield on May 17 in impressive fashion, but has seen finished close seconds in the Adapt Australia Handicap (1200m), Essendon Nissan Handicap (1200m) and Listed A.R. Creswick Series Final (1200m).
Other interesting gallopers in the 2014 Lightning Stakes nominations include talented filly Cash Is Coming, Sam Kavanagh-trained Killcareless, dual nominee Just Too Hard and promising juvenile Tudor.
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2014 Lightning Stakes Nominations
|1||ART TEEN||Steven Noble||62|
|2||BUDDY BUNDY||Phillip Stokes||87|
|4||CASH IS COMING||Ken Sweeney||77|
|6||DOWN THE HATCH||Robbie Griffiths||62|
|7||HARD STRIDE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||79|
|9||JUST TOO HARD||Enver Jusufovic||–|
|11||MEZERAY MISS||Matt Laurie||–|
|12||OUR MISS BOSSY||Phillip Stokes||66|
|14||PINK PERFECTION||Peter G Moody||–|
|16||SHIP’S CAPTAIN||Lloyd Kennewell||64|