Donald Baker’s last start Toowoomba winner Mr Favulous is one of the headline final acceptors for the Lightning Handicap 2015 at Doomben Racecourse on Saturday as part of the Queensland Oaks Day line-up.
Set to jump at 12:42pm (AEST) as Doomben Race 2, this year’s $100,000 Listed Ascend Sales Trophies Lightning Handicap (1050m) features a final field of 10 sprinters including in-form six-year-old Mr Favulous.
Drawn in gate eight with Jeff Lloyd retaining the ride, the Toowoomba-trained son of Falvelon was last seen on May 2 winning at home in the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) with 54kg and so will have to be at his best in Brisbane on Saturday going up to 57kg in the Lightning Handicap.
Top weight in the quality handicap clash with 59kg meanwhile is the Stephen Lee-trained Territory in gate two with Tye Angland riding the veteran seven-year-old first-up.
Lonhro gelding Territory ran third in three Sydney black types on the trot during the summer including the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill and the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Randwick before a failed 13th at Warwick Farm in late February.
Also high up the Lightning Handicap weights this year are the Tom Bourke-trained Easy Rocking gelding Rocky King (56.5kg) who ran dead last in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1000m) at Caloundra last time out drawn in barrier three for jockey Hugh Bowman and Kelso Wood’s consistent Seeking More (55.5kg) drawn one wide in gate four.
Ryan Wiggins rides Wood’s Sequalo five-year-old Seeking More who has run second in three of his past four runs including behind Falino in the Bribie Handicap at the Sunshine Coast on May 16.
Also coming off a nice lead-up run are the likes of the widely-drawn Whittington in the outside alley this weekend and the Danny Bougoure-trained Louisiana Rouge one on his inside in barrier nine.
The John Thompson-trained Tale Of The Cat four-year-old Whittington was fourth in the Bribie Handicap after a couple of tough earlier autumn runs while Jim Byrne’s mount Louisiana Rouge comes off a second at Ipswich from May 13, the Exceed And Excel mare after her first win since early November last year.
Other notable Lightning Handicap hopefuls this Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival include the rails-drawn grey The Storeman for local horseman Tony Gollan and the Matt Kropp-trained Tycoon Ruler gelding Thinkhesaurus coming off a Bribie Handicap fifth, which could be the form line to follow in this Saturday’s race.
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2015 Lightning Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw
Doomben Race 2 (12:42pm) – 30/05/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4177x3330x||TERRITORY||Stephen Lee||Tye Angland||2||59kg||100|
|2||5×28433361||MR FAVULOUS||Donald Baker||Jeff Lloyd||8||57kg||96|
|3||x19510x560||ROCKY KING||Tom Bourke||Hugh Bowman||3||56.5kg||95|
|4||4×24432252||SEEKING MORE||Kelso Wood||Ryan Wiggins||4||55.5kg||93|
|5||232113×006||THE STOREMAN||Tony Gollan||Timothy Bell||1||55kg||92|
|6||58x65x5004||WHITTINGTON||John P Thompson||Ric McMahon||10||55kg||92|
|7||11x14018x0||FLYING RIDDLE||Julie Green||Cassandra Schmidt (a)||5||54kg||85|
|8||341725426x||PRETTYFAMOUS (NZ)||Mario Caltabiano||Bobby El-Issa||6||54kg||85|
|9||19×0110315||THINKHESAURUS||Matt Kropp||Tegan Harrison||7||54kg||82|
|10||3x72185x32||LOUISIANA ROUGE||Danny J Bougoure||Jim Byrne||9||54kg||66|