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Fourteen standout sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager.
Wild Rain ($2.50) has returned to racing in slick form this time and remains clear favourite in 2015 Lightning Stakes betting markets with Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Stoker ($5.50) and Counter Pulse ($8), who will be seeing a third-consecutive win on Saturday.
Will Wild Rain justify favouritism and win the 2015 Lightning Stakes, or will one of her many talented rivals find the line in the clear?
Classy two-year-old Stoker is treated particularly well in the weights, has proven black type ability and is more than worth consideration for a Lightning Stakes bet at current odds. Appearing on course only four times competitively so far, the son Written Tycoon gelding ran second in the talent-rich Cactus Imaging Plate (1000m) on debut; progressing to third in a Morphettville minor over 1000m on January 24th before posting a maiden win in the $250,000 Inglis Premier (1000m) a fortnight later. Running a credible seventh in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) last time out, Stoker has reportedly taken huge benefit from his time in the paddock and will be tough to beat on Saturday.
Wild Rain ($2.50)
One of the more experienced runners in the 2015 Lightning Stakes field, Wild Rain is sure to find ideal running position early from barrier 2 and carries excellent form into the Morphettville feature race. Posting four wins and two minors through only eleven competitive starts so far, the daughter of Manhattan Rain ran fifth in the Dominant Cafetto Handicap (1200m) on June 6th; taking out the Pantry Packer Bm90 (1000m) a fortnight later before running a close second in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) three weeks ago. Wild Rain is more than a chance of a competitive performance this weekend but arguably offers punters the best value for money as a selection in a Lightning Stakes quinella or trifecta bet.
Caro Kann ($11)
The Phillip Stokes-trained Caro Kann is without doubt one of South Australia’s leading rising three-year-olds and offers great value for money at current $11 odds for success or $3.50 to finish in the 2015 Lightning Stakes first three. Winning each of the Wolf Blass Handicap (1100m) and Robert Taranto Handicap (1100m) early in his autumn preparation, the Denman gelding returned to the paddock after placing third in the Group 3 SA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and should fly fresh.
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