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Randwick horseman Les Bridge has opted not to accept his smart mare Avoid Lightning for a first-up in the Triscay Stakes this weekend at home and will instead save her for a 2015 Millie Fox Stakes run Saturday week.
Despite early predictions of rain to fall in Sydney ahead of Apollo Stakes Day on Saturday, it is looking more and more likely that conditions will sunny and dry, and the track at Royal Randwick a firm one.
This is one of the reasons Bridge didn’t pay up for his Blevic six-year-old Avoid Lightning to resume in the $150,000 Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m).
She was one of 14 early nominations for the handicap clash but was allocated a hefty 60kg, the other reason Bridge decided to give his gun mare another week before kicking off her Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign.
Avoid Lightning hasn’t raced since October 18 at Randwick when she won the Group 3 Nivision Stakes (1200m) first-up over Brook Road.
That came on the back of a four month spell before which she was firing on all cylinders during the winter.
Originally prepared in Adelaide by David Jolly, Avoid Lightning came to Sydney to be trained by Bridge early last year and has been a revelation for the stable.
She has won four of her seven starts for her new trainer, including the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill and a three length win over Zaratone in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) – both on Heavy tracks.
Her most notable effort though was when stepped up in class for the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in Brisbane last June where she finished only a quarter length off the winner Cosmic Endeavour for third.
With the Triscay taken off the cards, Avoid Lightning will instead race on February 21 at Rosehill Gardens in the $175,000 Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m).
Bridge is hoping the rain comes before then with the known mudlark having won two of her three starts on Heavy tracks, and four from five on Soft going.
History is certainly on his and the mare’s side with the last three editions of the Millie Fox Stakes all being run on rain-affected ground for the now-retired Red Tracer to salute over every time.
“We want the rain, that’s what we need, she’s just a cracker in the wet,” Bridge told Racenet this week.
“She just grows another leg.
“She’s come in a little bit bigger this time and trialled super, the horse is going really well.”
She has had two trials this month with a fourth to Ryker over 1000m on February 2 at Randwick and then another at the track on the 10th over 1050m when a neck off Kirramosa for second.
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