Stephen Lee’s returning veteran galloper Territory has opened top of the markets for the 2015 Lightning Handicap in Brisbane this weekend on Queensland Oaks Day.
One of 10 sprinters making up the field in this year’s $100,000 Listed Ascend Sales Trophies Lightning Handicap (1050m), Ballina-based Lonhro seven-year-old Territory is the market mover through Ladbrokes.com.au to kick off his latest campaign with a win at Doomben Racecourse.
Paying $4.20, in from $5, in the latest Lightning Handicap odds the gelding hasn’t raced since a disappointing second last when 13th behind It’s Somewhat in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm in late February.
Before that he ran third in three straight races including the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), form he is tipped to return to when having his second Doomben run on the weekend.
It’s a wide open Lightning Handicap betting market this year with six of the other nine hopefuls also at single figures for the win including the $5 second pick Seeking More who has run second in three of his past four races.
Drawn well in barrier four with Ryan Wiggins down to ride, the local Kelso Wood-trained Sequalo five-year-old comes off a second when only a quarter-length off Falino in the Listed Bribie Handicap at the Sunshine Coast from May 16 and has an excellent record over Saturday track & distance (5-2-2-0).
[lboxt text=”The Kelso Wood-trained Seeking More has a top record over the 1050m at Doomben (5-2-2-0) ahead of Saturday’s Lightning Handicap”]
Occupying the third line of Lightning Handicap betting at $6.50 is then the rails-drawn The Storeman, backed in from $7 to win his first race since early December last year.
He has been out of form of late including a sixth in the Bribie Handicap as a 30/1 outsider, but is at much shorter price to break the drought and win with Timothy Bell aboard again this weekend with a change of barriers from 13 (of 15) last start to one on Saturday.
Following closely are then the Gold Coast-based mare Prettyfamous first-up here for her sixth Doomben run and Matt Kropp’s Toowoomba-trained Tycoon Ruler gelding Thinkhesaurus coming off a Bribie Handicap fifth at $7.50 each.
Rounding out the hopes under $10 for the Lightning Handicap at Doomben on Saturday are Whittington ($8) with the outside alley in the short sprint to overcome and Mr Favulous ($9) who looks good value after his last start win.
The John Thompson-trained Tale Of The Cat four-year-old Whittington was far from disgraced last time out when just missing out on a spot in the money running fourth only a length off the Bribie Handicap winner.
Mr Favulous meanwhile comes off a win at his home track, the Falvelon six-year-old beating home Pillar Of Creation by a length in the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) at Toowoomba on May 2 before a freshen-up.
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