Winks Confident in Deep Field’s 2015 Lightning Stakes Chance

February 19, 2015

Winks Confident in Deep Field’s 2015 Lightning Stakes Chance

A small yet highly talented field of six sprinters will contest the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday, for which Deep Field is the $2.30 favourite.

James Winks is excited at the chance to partner Deep Field in the Lightning Stakes.

James Winks is excited at the chance to partner Deep Field in the Lightning Stakes. Photo by Adrienne Bicknell.

Just edging out the world’s highest-rated sprinter Lankan Rupee ($2.45) in the odds, Deep Field will jump from barrier five with James Winks to ride.

Winks secured the ride on the Team Hawkes-trained horse after Dwayne Dunn was unable to have his eight meeting suspension cut by one day.

The jockey has already ridden in four Group One races during his career but appears most excited about the 2015 Lightning Stakes, even going as far as to compare Deep Field to Black Caviar herself.

“This is what you work hard for – to get on good horses like Deep Field,” Winks told TVN.

“From what he’s done he could be the next best thing since Black Caviar if he performs in the (Black Caviar) Lightning.

“I’ve worked hard in my career to get back to this point and now I have been given an opportunity to take it to the next level.

“Every time I’ve ridden for the Hawkes’ they have made me feel really comfortable.”

Deep Field won all five of his career starts last year but that doesn’t mean victory in the Black Caviar Lightning will be an easy task.

It will be the four-year-olds first Group One race after winning the Listed Tattersalls Club Lightning (1100m) and Group 2 Stakes (1200m) during the spring.

Winks was not aboard Deep Field when he had his first official jump-out last Friday, in fact he was on rival horse London Lolly. That didn’t stop the jockey from watching on in awe as the horse disposed of his horse with 200m to go.

“I know how good my horse worked and Deep Field just dropped us at the furlong (sic 200 metres),” he said.

“He’s a high cruising horse and if he gives a good kick he’ll win the Lightning.”

If you’re as confident in Deep Field’s 2015 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes chances as Winks is, make sure to back the horse at today. Enjoy an extra 20% on top of your winnings when you bet against the tote and your bet wins!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Waller to have multiple runner...

McDonald to team up with Care ...

McDonald to team up with Care To Think in the 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

James McDonald will be hoping for a quick return to the Group 1 winner’s stall...

Santa Ana Lane to chase Stradb...

Santa Ana Lane to chase Stradbroke Handicap after 2018 Goodwood win

The Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane has earned a start in the 2018...

2018 Doomben Cup winner Comin&...

2018 Doomben Cup winner Comin’ Through beats stablemate Egg Tart

The Chris Waller trained Comin’ Through claimed his first Group 1 victory when...

Leicester Top 2018 SA Derby Ti...

Leicester Top 2018 SA Derby Tip for Weir to Make History

Victoria’s leading horseman Darren Weir is out to emulate the late, great Bart...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field