Mornington-based trainer Dean Binaisse took advantage of the extended nominations for Saturday’s Black Caviar Lightning Stakes 2015 at Flemington Racecourse making a late entry for his wildcard veteran Fab Fevola.
On Monday the $500,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) attracted just the 10 nominations.
There was no shortage of class in the line-up of potential starters however including the return of the top two fancies in the early Black Caviar Lightning Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Deep Field ($2.10) and Lankan Rupee ($2.30).
Undefeated Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained four-year-old Deep Field is being spruiked for the win by the bookies despite the five-time winner stepping up to Group 1 company for the first time.
Mick Price’s equal world’s highest rated sprinter Lankan Rupee meanwhile leaves his better fancied rival for dead on paper with four Group 1 victories to date including the Oakleigh Plate, Newmarket Handicap, TJ Smith Stakes treble last autumn.
Also in the first half of the the tentative Black Caviar Lightning Stakes betting markets are the likes of Chris Waller’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Brazen Beau ($6) taking on the older rivals first-up, straight track specialist Vain Queen ($15) and Robbie Griffiths’ exciting four-year-old The Quarterback ($21).
Fab Fevola meanwhile had his name added to the nominations this morning and is currently listed as a $51 outsider in betting.
A winner of eight of his 49 starts the Falvelon eight-year-old was last seen beating home Override by one and a half lengths in a Benchmark 78 over 955m at Moonee Valley on February 6.
He hasn’t raced in black type company since a ninth to Atmospherical in the Listed Dilmah Earl Grey Stakes (1000m) at the same track and distance as the Lightning Stakes back during the Melbourne Cup Carnival last November.
He’s had 25 starts over the distance for just that one win, but has run six seconds and two thirds.
Now he could be thrown in the deep end taking on the superstars of the sprint world in the second Group 1 of the calendar year this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Binaisse has also nominated Fab Fevola for the $55,000 Jeep 55 Second Challenge Heat 13 (955m) under the lights at Moonee Valley on Friday night.
If he bypasses that easier assignment and goes into the Lightning Stakes however, his added speed in the race could have a notable impact on how it is run and won.
“If he’s in it he’s going to stretch them for a long way, those quality horses I’m not sure outside of Deep Field what other horse has to go forward and lead,” Binaisse told Racing Victoria on Tuesday.
“It will be an exciting race if he does go around and I’m sure a lot of people will be interested if he does because it will change the whole dynamic of the race.”
Up front challenging the 79-rated Fab Fevola for the lead will be the pre-post favourite Deep Field with Lankan Rupee having been ridden off the pace in his recent jumpouts and trials.
“Small fields in those big races, our tactic will be the same, he can only be ridden one way because of his breathing problems and his nature,” Binaisse said.
“He just likes to get out there and bowl along; you can’t change his tactics that’s just the way he is.
“Fab’s only got one gear, he’s got a dog clutch on him like on a boat, you just jam it into gear and off he goes.”
Stay tuned for the official field release on Wednesday.
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