Undefeated local filly Showpero will attempt to keep her flawless record in check this weekend stepping up to Black-Type company for the first time in Adelaide’s Lightning Stakes 2016.
Attracting a huge list of nominations, this year’s $100,000 Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) takes place at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday and is the maiden stakes assignment for the David Jolly-trained daughter of Kaphero Showpero.
The two-year-old has had two starts at Morphettville Parks this winter for two wins.
She debuted on May 28 over 1000m and thrived under jockey Jason Holder posting a smart three length win over Richard Jolly’s subsequent Morphettville winner on July 2 Time Out.
She backed-up on July 9 and raced over the same track and distance, enjoying another tidy win this time over the Flemington performed Commands colt Manuel by two lengths with Holder in the saddle again.
Saturday then she is up in class, taking on a field not only of her own age but also a host of smart three-year-olds and also runs at Morphettville track for the first time.
Her Goolwa-based trainer Jolly also nominated her for an interstate trip to Melbourne on the weekend, but she will has since been confirmed to stay home and bypass the $80,000 Super Vobis Two-Years-Old Handicap (1000m) at Caulfield Racecourse.
In the Lighting Handicap Holder will be replaced by Jamie Kah, who Jolly believes has a tough assignment to get his lightly-raced filly home first against the older and better performed runners.
“Given the weight concession she’s going to have and it’s in her backyard and being a filly with the black type available, we’ll run here,” Jolly told Racenet.
“It’s hard to know the strength of the form coming up against these three-year-olds but I think from what we’ve seen, she ticks a few boxes for Saturday.”
Despite her strong win last time out Jolly believes Showpero was a run short and will only improve, which prompted him to give her the test in Black-Type class.
“I thought I had her a little bit underdone because we were probably looking at this race as more her grand final but I was probably expecting that horse (Manuel) to beat us but she beat him quite soundly,” Jolly explained.
“After that race she had an easy jumpout the following week and she had a gallop on Monday morning so she’s right to go so we’ll just keep her ticking over until Saturday.
“She had a gallop yesterday at Strathalbyn. We galloped her Monday just in case she went to Melbourne and I just wanted the extra day up my sleeve.”
Showpero carried 57.5kg to victory last time out and drops to 52kg on the weekend.
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