Buddy Bundy Strikes with 2014 Lightning Stakes Win

July 28, 2014

Buddy Bundy Strikes with 2014 Lightning Stakes Win

Trainer Phillip Stokes capped off an excellent season at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday with his favourite Buddy Bundy saluting for the punters in the Lightning Stakes 2014.

Buddy Bundy

Lightning Stakes winner Buddy Bundy could be 2014 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bound. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

With a host of scratchings from Adelaide’s feature race on the weekend, a diminutive field of only six gallopers lined up in this year’s $80,000 Listed Programmed Lightning Stakes (1050m).

Of those it was Stokes’ Al Maher grey Buddy Bundy dominating the markets at a nearly odds-on price of $2.

The up-and-coming three-year-old came off back-to-back wins at the track and was able to make it three straight with their narrow victory over the David Jolly-trained son of Blevic Herenoa ($13) having just their second career start.

Just a short half-head separated the first two over the line while Richard Jolly’s Husson Lightning gelding Pistolier ($7) finished off the Lightning Stakes trifecta in a distant third over three and a half lengths off the winner.

Connections of runner-up Herenoa, who flashed home late to challenge the favourite, lodged a protest over the winner but Buddy Bundy survived the objection.

The Lightning Stakes winner settled just off the speed behind visiting Victorian pacemaker, the Peter Moody-trained Pink Perfection.

Buddy Bundy didn’t have the early speed but they did have more in the tank when it came to crunch pushing through to hit the line first for the sixth time at career start number nine.

“We always thought we’d probably get beaten for speed,” Stokes said.

“So the plan was too always sit one off, after watching the earlier races it definitely looked the best place to be.”

The win was Buddy Bundy’s third from five attempts at the track and distance, the rising four-year-old ridden by Dom Tourneur for the first time since a winning effort over 1000m at Morphettville Parks back in May.

Tourneur celebrated this 50th win in Adelaide for the season making him 2013-14’s leading South Australian hoop.

The same honour also falls on Stokes in the trainer’s arena with Buddy Bundy’s gritty success over the weekend his 55th victory for the season.

“It’s a nice way to finish the season,” Stokes told the Sunday Mail (SA).

Buddy Bundy has been up since late April posting five wins from their seven runs, Saturday’s victory pushing their earnings up to $192,500.

“On Tuesday I was starting to think Saturday couldn’t come around quick enough,” Stokes said.

“He’s come a long way and he’s done a great job.

“He’ll go to the paddock now and have three or four weeks off.”

After the spell Stokes is looking at a raid on the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival for his promising sprint star with some of the shorter distanced black-types looking within their grasp.

“We’ll look for a nice race for him in Melbourne, he could be very effective over the 1000m trip,” he said.

See below for the full Lightning Stakes 2014 results and finishing order.

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2014 Lightning Stakes Results

Morphettville Race 8 – 26/07/2014

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 BUDDY BUNDY Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 1 58kg $2F
2 4 HERENOA David Jolly Shayne Cahill 0.1L 2 58kg $13
3 2 PISTOLIER Richard Jolly Jake Toeroek (a) 3.6L 4 58kg $7
4 12 PINK PERFECTION Peter G Moody Clare Lindop 4.5L 5 52.5kg $7
5 11 CAUTIOUS Robert Smerdon Ms Jackie Beriman (a) 6.1L 3 52.5kg $6.50
6 8 KILLCARELESS Sam Kavanagh Simon Price 13L 6 56kg $17
SB 6 CASH IS COMING Ken Sweeney Ronnie Stewart 0 56kg $15
3 SHIP’S CAPTAIN Lloyd Kennewell Jason Holder 0
5 THIAMANDI Lloyd Kennewell Jason Holder 0
10 JUST TOO HARD Enver Jusufovic Ms Jamie Kah 0
7 MEZERAY MISS Matt Laurie Damian Lane 0
9 OUR MISS BOSSY Phillip Stokes Adrian Patterson 0

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