This Saturday at Morphettville Racecourse the latest Adelaide black-type is the 2014 Lightning Stakes, three of the remaining 10 hopefuls in the sprint showdown battling for top spot in the betting markets.
Running as Morphettville Race 8, this year’s $80,000 Listed Programmed Lightning Stakes (1050m) originally drew a final field of 12 hopefuls.
That is down to 10 as of Thursday afternoon with two early scratchings, #7 Mezeray Miss and #10 Just Too Hard, coming out of the mix.
In the latest Lightning Stakes odds the current favourite at $3.20 is Buddy Bundy drawn in barrier one with Dom Tourneur to ride.
The in-form Phillip Stokes-trained Al Maher gelding has won five of their eight starts including their past two on the trot with big weights so the 58kg under set weights on Saturday should suit.
They come off a win over 1000m here from July 12 where they drew a similar inside draw (barrier two) and were able to defeat Ship’s Captain by over one and a half lengths making them the one to beat again in Saturday’s black-type.
There are then two other sprinters hot on their heels in Lightning Stakes betting with Thiamandi ($4) and Cautious ($4.40).
Speedy local filly Thiamandi has the outside barrier to overcome if she runs, connections also accepting the Lloyd Kennewell-trained daughter of Street Boss for the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on the weekend.
She’s after her third on the trot like the favourite, her most recent effort being carrying 59kg to victory over 1100m at Caulfield against her own kind on July 5.
Cautious meanwhile has gate four for Saturday with apprentice Jackie Beriman riding, the Robert Smerdon-trained Victorian visitor having won two of their three starts this campaign.
Getting in on 52.5kg, meaning they meet the favourite Buddy Bundy 5.5kg kilos better in the weights, the flying Lonhro two-year-old is shaping up as a nice type.
Her final run as a two-year-old, the black filly comes off a Sandown second over 1000m in the wet from June 18.
She has had four weeks between runs then to ready herself as she takes on her first black-type field since a third to Nayeli in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1100m) in Melbourne back in early February.
The last of the single figure chances at $9 is then Lightning Stakes market mover Killcareless in the second widest gate for trainer Sam Kavanagh.
The nicely-bred More Than Ready filly is having her likely swansong race before heading to the breeding barn where the nice pedigree of the rising four-year-old should see her do well.
Connections though are hoping to get one black-type win on her record before she bows out, Killcareless first-up here not having raced since a fourth over 1400m at Warwick Farm on May 7.
“They wanted to have one roll of the dice at black type,” Kavanagh told The Examiner.
“I’ve trialled her up, I’ve got her hard and fit and she’s already travelled to Adelaide.
“If she can run top three and gain some black type – she’s from that really good Redoute’s Choice/Manhattan Rain/Platinum Scissors family – it will be so important to her pedigree [page].”
It’s a pretty open field after that still with plenty of other hopes under $20 to win including Kennewell’s other runner Ship’s Captain ($13) coming off a second to Buddy Bundy and Peter Moody’s Mossman filly Pink Perfection ($13) who is the other juvenile in the line-up to be ridden by Clare Lindop.
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