Counter Pulse Tops 2015 Lightning Stakes Nominations

In-form local two-year-old Counter Pulse is the headline nominee for the feature race in Adelaide this Saturday, the Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained youngster shooting for three on the trot in the Lightning Stakes 2015.

Counter Pulse

Counter Pulse will shoot for three straight wins if accepted into the 2015 Lightning Stakes field at Morphettville Racecourse this weekend. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A set weights race open to two and three-year-olds to see out the winter racing black-types at Morphettville Racecourse, this year’s $100,000 Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) attracted 19 earlier entries.

Despite the bumper number of hopefuls already in the mix, the Lightning Stakes nominations have been extended until 10am on Tuesday morning.

Currently there are seven juveniles nominated to face off against the three-year-olds in the sprint feature including Hard Spun gelding Counter Pulse who comes off back-to-back wins.

Third to Prince Of Brooklyn in the Group 3 National Stakes (1200m) at the track in mid-May, Counter Pulse went on to win at the same track and distance over his own kind on May 30 and then won again at Morphettville Parks on July 4.

There are three other last start winners among the Lightning Stakes nominations with the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Starspangledbanner filly Classy Chanel from Flemington who has had just the two starts including a Geelong win at the start of the month, the Mark Riley-trained Starcraft filly I’m A Flying Star and local hope Trupt.

After Counter Pulse the other highest rated nominees for Saturday’s Adelaide feature include Peter Moody’s Mossman filly Pink Perfection with two wins from 13 starts so far, Group performed Down The Hatch prepared by Robbie Griffiths at Cranbourne and the Phillip Stokes-trained Caro Kann.

Denman gelding Caro Kann has had six starts to date including a fourth behind Atlanta Miss in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in Adelaide back in March, a Caulfield win over 1100m and his last start third in the Group 3 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville Parks on April 11.

Other notable hopes include Bay Road who has a good record at the track and distance (5-1-0-2) and Wild Rain whose 1050m record is excellent with four wins, a second and a third from nine previous runs.

Prepared in Melbourne by Mark Kavanagh three-year-old Manhattan Rain filly Wild Rain was last seen crossing an equal second with Angels Beach behind Miss Promiscuity in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield at the start of the month.

While Moody’s former Adelaide stakes winner Angels Beach runs at Caulfield again this weekend in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m), Kavanagh brings Wild Rain to South Australia for her second run at Morphettville.

Her other was at this track and distance in May for a tidy two length win over Cashed with Damien Oliver in the saddle before two solid Moonee Valley runs in June.

See below for the original Lightning Stakes 2015 nominations, the field and barriers out on Wednesday morning.

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2015 Lightning Stakes Nominations

Morphettville Racecourse – 25/07/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 BARABBA BOY G 2 Gordon Carter 59
2 48x331x513 BAY ROAD G 3 Richard Jolly 68
3 3 BURST AWAY G 2 Jon O’Connor 59
4 82x1413x CARO KANN G 2 Phillip Stokes 70
5 1x79x21562 CASHED G 3 Ryan Balfour 67
6 6×1 CLASSY CHANEL F 2 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 63
7 14×15311 COUNTER PULSE G 2 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 74
8 5116×1838 DOWN THE HATCH F 3 Robbie Griffiths 71
9 309×440241 I’M A FLYING STAR F 3 Mark Riley 70
10 MAJESTIC LASS F 2 Peter G Moody 59
11 14x NICCOROSSA F 3 David Jolly 62
12 2x1211x608 NORDIC ECLIPSE G 3 Gordon Richards 68
13 54x2140x06 PINK PERFECTION F 3 Peter G Moody 71
14 4131×0 PRIDE ROCK F 3 Robbie Griffiths 69
15 2317x STOKER G 2 Tony McEvoy 69
16 21x500x SUNSET ROCK F 3 Lloyd Kennewell 68
17 10x6x THELITTLERACKETEER F 3 Peter G Moody 64
18 1421 TRUPT F 3 Ryan Balfour 68
19 7113×61512 WILD RAIN F 3 Mark Kavanagh 82


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