14 talented sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at South Australia’s Morphettville Racecourse; figuring as a particularly interesting race from a betting perspective and offering plenty of value as a result.
Wild Rain has found exceptional form leading into the 2015 Lightning Stakes and has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in betting markets with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au at a quote of $2.50.
Securing a commendable four wins and two minors through only eleven competitive starts so far, Wild Rain clearly needed the run when sixth in the Euroa Vcs BM70 (1000m) first-up on April 25th, but responded well in taking out the Drink Driving? Grow Up BM70 (1050m) a fortnight later.
Charging home to take out the Pantry Packer BM90 (1000m) on June 20th, the Manhattan Rain filly produced an impressive performance to run second behind Miss Promiscuity in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) three weeks ago.
Allocated the ideal barrier 2, Wild Rain will carry a very manageable 56.5kgs and is more than worth consideration for a 2015 Lightning Stakes bet.
Stoker has been charged with overcoming the wide and awkward barrier 13 in Saturday’s Lightning Stakes, but will carry only 54.5kgs and offers great value for money as current $5.50 second favourite in betting markets.
A strong and consistent performer for trainer Tony McEvoy through his short four start career so far, Stoker finished in the minors in his first two starts; breaking through for a maiden win in the $250,000 Inglis Premier (1000m) on February 7th before placing a credible seventh in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) last time out on February 28th.
Thrilled with the condition of the two-year-old, McEvoy is confident he will not be out of his depth in the 2015 Lightning Stakes despite lining up alongside several very experienced runners.
Interestingly figuring as the only other runner currently available at a quote of less-than $10 in 2015 Lightning Stakes betting markets, Counter Pulse could very well receive the run of the race from barrier 5 and offers great value at current $8 odds.
Returning this time for success in the Darren Lehmann May 2nd Handicap (1000m) on April 11th, the Hard Spun gelding placed fifth in the Listed Queen Adelaide Stakes (1050m) before boxing on for third in the Group 3 National Stakes (1200m) on May 16th.
Having won his last two races at Morphettville, Counter Pulse will be partnered by regular hoop Clare Lindop in the Lightning Stakes.
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