The Dean Binaisse-trained Fab Fevola was a late entry for the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) following the extension of nominations, which means a field of 11 sprinters could go head-to-head in Saturday’s feature race at Flemington.
The likes of Brazen Beau, Deep Field, and the world’s highest-rated sprinter Lankan Rupee are all set to resume in the 2015 Lightning Stakes but it’s the Team Hawkes-trained Deep Field who is the early favourite in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, offering odds of $2.10 ahead of Lankan Rupee ($2.30).
Deep Field won five from five last year and is an exciting young sprinter. Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes rates the four-year-old highly but understands the task ahead of him in Saturday’s race, and that victory amongst the competitive field will be no easy task.
“He’s never run in a Group 1 race before and he’s never taken on a horse like Lankan Rupee before,” Hawkes told TVN’s Bruce Clark at Flemington trackwork on Tuesday morning.
“He’s good enough to be highly competitive and win the race, but he has to go out there now and do it, and that won’t be an easy task.”
Deep Field won his maiden on debut last June before stepping up to black-type racing for the first time on October 18 in the Listed Tattersall’s Club Lightning (1100m), which he won brilliantly three lengths ahead of That’s A Good Idea.
The gelding stepped up his class two weeks later in the Group 2 Tab.com.au Stakes (1200m). He jumped well and headed straight to the outside fence by himself, holding it together for a very long time. He looked in trouble from Driefontein at the furlong but his class held up.
Deep Field is clearly a promising and exciting young gelding but it’s hard to say how he’ll perform against the likes of Lankan Rupee, who has won three Group One races, and Brazen Beau, who won his three starts in the spring including the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
“[Lankan Rupee] tough and strong and you know on Saturday he’s going to make it awfully tough for us,” Hawkes said.
“And that’s not even mentioning Brazen Beau, who’s had one start down the straight for a Group 1 win.”
Deep Field enjoyed an impressive jumpout down the Flemington straight last Friday. If you want to back the emerging sprinter to win the 2015 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, open your Ladbrokes.com.au online betting account today.
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