Buddy Bundy Heads 2014 Lightning Stakes Field & Barriers


Cautious is one of two visiting Victorian fillies in Saturday's 2014 Lightning Stakes in Adelaide. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A smart field of sprinters is engaged to face off in the Lightning Stakes 2014 at Morphettville Racecourse this weekend including Buddy Bundy who shoots for their third straight win at the track.

Twelve gallopers are in the mix for this year’s $80,000 Listed Programmed Lightning Stakes (1050m), the set weights race for two and three year olds running as the eighth in Adelaide on Saturday.

Drawn in barrier one with Dom Tourneur to ride is the Phillip Stokes-trained Al Maher grey Buddy Bundy.

Super consistent having run top three in all six of their starts since April, Buddy Bundy comes off back-to-back Morphettville wins in Benchmark 72 races this winter.

The most recent of those was over 1000m on July 12 when carrying 58.5kg from barrier two, half a kilo more than their weight allocation from a similarly favourable barrier this weekend.

Stokes has also accepted for outside hope Our Miss Bossy, the Street Boss filly drawn in gate seven with Adrian Patterson to ride as she looks to improve on her sixth over 1400m here a month ago.

Runner-up to Buddy Bundy last start was Lloyd Kennewell’s Bel Esprit gelding Ship’s Captain who is also backing up in the Lightning Stakes field on the weekend.

Winner over this distance at Balaklava two back, Ship’s Captain was beaten just over one and a half lengths in the Tapestry Wines Handicap last start and will be out to turn the tables on Saturday.

Buddy Bundy meanwhile faces a host of other last start winners including Kennewell’s other runner Thiamandi.

Suffering an early blow with the outside barrier 12 draw, Thiamandi is another Street Boss filly and she has won both her lead-up starts.

The first was in the wet on a Heavy (9) here at Morphettville on June 28 before heading to Caulfield last start on July 5.

In Melbourne Thiamandi scored a nice two length victory in The Cove Hotel Handicap against her own kind carrying 59kg, the drop back to 56kg on Saturday to work in her favour this weekend then.

Also coming off a win are the lightly-raced David Jolly-trained Herenoa (barrier three) who won on debut last start back in April and Ken Sweeney’s Cash Is Coming (barrier two).

Niello filly Cash Is Coming has won two of their past three starts, jockey Ronnie Steward staying on here after the pair defeated Buddy Bundy by a nose on June 7 over this track and distance last start.

Other notable hopes then include the Richard Jolly-trained Husson Lightning gelding Pistolier down in distance after two 1200m runs at the track including a win at the start of the month, in-form Lonhro filly Cautious for Robert Smerdon coming via nice form in Melbourne and the Peter Moody-trained fellow Victorian visitor Pink Perfection.

Check out the full Lightning Stakes 2014 field, jockeys and barriers below.

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2014 Lightning Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Morphettville Race 8 (3:43pm) – 26/07/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 15×131211 BUDDY BUNDY Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 1 58kg 87
2 24219×8313 PISTOLIER Richard Jolly Jake Toeroek (a) 5 58kg 74
3 5x23x36x12 SHIP’S CAPTAIN Lloyd Kennewell Jason Holder 6 58kg 64
4 1x HERENOA David Jolly Shayne Cahill 3 58kg 62
5 x54135x511 THIAMANDI Lloyd Kennewell Jason Holder 12 56kg 82
6 13×0750101 CASH IS COMING Ken Sweeney Ronnie Stewart 2 56kg 77
7 2x387771x5 MEZERAY MISS Matt Laurie Damian Lane 10 56kg 76
8 615x37x64x KILLCARELESS Sam Kavanagh Simon Price 11 56kg 68
9 213×346 OUR MISS BOSSY Phillip Stokes Adrian Patterson 7 56kg 66
10 1423×4 JUST TOO HARD Enver Jusufovic Ms Jamie Kah 9 56kg 64
11 335×112 CAUTIOUS Robert Smerdon Ms Jackie Beriman (a) 4 52.5kg 69
12 3x214x35 PINK PERFECTION Peter G Moody Clare Lindop 8 52.5kg 67


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