Avoid Lightning Takes Out Sapphire Stakes

April 11, 2015

Avoid Lightning Takes Out Sapphire Stakes

Avoid Lightning has rounded out Day 2 of The Championships in style for trainer Les Bridge this afternoon; mustering a strong turn of foot in the final straight at Randwick to take out the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m).

Avoid Lightning beat Griante in a sprint-off to win the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes this afternoon. Photo: Steve Hart

Avoid Lightning beat Griante in a sprint-off to win the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes this afternoon. Photo: Steve Hart

Jumping from the gates well, Tim Clark settled the Blevic mare on the heels of early leader Fine Mist, who set a noticeably quick tempo away from the barriers and approaching the bend.

Offered a clear racing line upon arriving wide on the final straight, Avoid Lightning steadily spooled-up and charged forward; locking in a fierce sprint battle with Griante before poking clear in the final 50 metres; Fine Bubbles boxing on for third.

Clark has partnered Avoid Lightning through most of her 26 start career to date and was thrilled to return the winner’s circle aboard the gutsy mare in the 2015 Sapphire Stakes.

“She’s been a wonderful mare and obviously had conditions to suit today, being wet,” Clark said.

“I put her outside the speed today and they challenged her 300 out; Griante probably just got a margin on me inside the furlong but she’s all heart and she gave me everything she had and really proud of her.

“She’s not very pretty to look at but she’s got a big heart and she’s just thrived since she’s been in Sydney and this is the race he’s (Bridge) targeted her at the whole prep.”

Bridge was thrilled to have saddled Avoid Lightning to success in the 2015 Sapphire Stakes but revealed he was worried when Clark led the six-year-old wide rounding the bend.

“I’ve had a lot of good mares and have trained horses for 50 years now and she’s the best wet-tracker,” Bridge said.

“I got a shock and wasn’t really happy to be truthful but the way the track’s playing I knew Timmy didn’t want to be too wide on her or too far back.

“They didn’t go that hard; they gave her a pretty cheap run up there.

“She’s just a quality mare and that’s what they do.”

Punters who backed Avoid Lightning to win the 2015 Sapphire Stakes with Ladbrokes.com.au have been paid out on generous $3.70 odds for success!

2015 Sapphire Stakes Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 AVOID LIGHTNING Les Bridge Tim Clark 7 55.5kg $3.40F
2 4 GRIANTE David Brideoake Steven Arnold 0.5L 1 55.5kg $7
3 7 FINE BUBBLES Kris Lees Zac Purton 2L 11 55kg $51
4 13 FINE MIST Bede Murray Jason Collett 2.2L 3 53kg $18
5 10 PERON Peter G Moody Tommy Berry 2.4L 9 54kg $10
6 9 CHLOE IN PARIS Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 2.8L 10 54kg $4.80
7 2 BOUND FOR EARTH David Vandyke Blake Shinn 2.9L 5 56kg $31
8 8 ATMOSPHERICAL David Pfieffer Glen Boss 3.2L 4 54kg $12
9 11 BELLE DE COEUR Chris Waller Joao Moreira 3.4L 12 54kg $18
10 12 ONEMOREZETA Kris Lees Jim Cassidy 3.7L 8 54kg $31
11 6 SHAMALIA Bart & James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7.4L 6 55kg $6
12 1 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla 13.2L 2 56kg $26

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

Australian Guineas Bound Amphi...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Stil...

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Still The Goal, Golden Eagle ‘Plan B’

Three-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun has opened as the favourite following...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite...

Arcadia Queen is the favourite in the 2018 Kingston Town Classic field

The lightly weighted Arcadia Queen was installed as the short priced favourite...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbot...

Voodoo Lad wins 2018 Winterbottom Stakes

The Darren Weir trained Voodoo Lad broke through for his maiden Group 1 win in...

Viddora firms in the betting a...

Viddora firms in the betting after 2018 Winterbottom Stakes barrier draw

Defending titleholder Viddora continues to firm in the betting following the...

Horse Racing Today

Final field of 14 for 2019 Lad...

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Cav...

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

A field of eleven sprinters will line up for the 2019 Group 1 $750,000 Black...

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo ...

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Australia’s favourite race horse Winx is set to kick off her 2019 Autumn...

Webster not happy for The Clap...

Webster not happy for The Clapper to take on Winx in 2019 Apollo Stakes

Trainer Pat Webster admits that he is not happy for his stable star Happy...

Waller gives D’Argento g...

Waller gives D’Argento great chance to win 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes

Champion Sydney trainer Chris Waller is giving D’Argento a great chance to...

Race Results

Black Caviar Lightning Stakes: In Her Time Wins First-Up

The Inevitable Looms to Challenge Australian Guineas Favourites

Microphone Adds to Godolphin’s Promising List of Golden Slipper Hopefuls

Manuel Claims Orr-Inspiring Win for the Ages

Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes: Lyre, Brooklyn Hustle Firm Following Strong Prelude Run

Race Previews

Loving Gaby remains favourite despite wide barrier in 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Final field of 14 for 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Webster not happy for The Clapper to take on Winx in 2019 Apollo Stakes

Fields & Form

Loving Gaby remains favourite despite wide barrier in 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Final field of 14 for 2019 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes

Field of 11 for 2019 Black Caviar Lightning

Winx to resume in 2019 Apollo Stakes field

Waller gives D’Argento great chance to win 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes