Sixteen Included in Lightning Stakes Field

Sixteen sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s Listed Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of a number of exciting racing prospects.

Power Trip has been confirmed in the 2016 Lightning Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Power Trip has been confirmed in the 2016 Lightning Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

John McArdle has set Power Trip for a final black type tilt as a two-year-old in the 2016 Lightning Stakes field, but the colt will undoubtedly require luck in running after drawing the wide and awkward barrier 14.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive debut, Power Trip immediately stamped himself as one to watch with a strong performance for success in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) on November 7th.

Reusing this year for fourth in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview C&G (1000m) on Australia Day, the Hard Spun gelding placed a luckless sixth in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m) before producing arguably his best performance to date for fourth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Having returned to the paddock after clearly having enough and sixth in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), McArdle is thrilled with the two-year-old’s condition and is confident he will be right in the finish of the 2016 Lightning Stakes.

A number of other two-year-old runners have been confirmed in the Lightning Stakes field, including Motown Lil.

Resuming this year for second in the Toronado @ Swettenham Plate (1000m) on March 28th, Motown Lil was kept to light duties and progressed to another close second behind Modern Wonder in the Listed Dequetteville Stakes (1050m) on April 2rd.

Having resumed for third in the William Hill Handicap (1000m) at Moonee Valley on July 13th, the Sebring filly has been charged with carrying only 52kgs at Morphettville on Saturday and will be partnered by in-form hoop Daniel Moor.

Darren Weir’s impressive season has continued to go from strength to strength, and the Victorian trainer will be represented in the Lightning Stakes by Cool Snitzel.

Formerly trainer by Peter Moody, Cool Snitzel has not been seen at the races in 2016 but will jump from the ideal barrier 3 in the 2016 Lightning Stakes.

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2016 Lightning Stakes Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 4x423136x1 KARLOVASI Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 2 59kg 74
2 21113×614 VICKI’S BOY Ken Sweeney Ryan Hurdle (a) 12 59kg 72
3 5x81427x12 LOPE DE CAPIO Wayne Francis & Glen Kent Ms Kei Chiong (a) 6 59kg 67
4 67x361179x VIDDORA Lloyd Kennewell Matthew Neilson 16 57kg 73
5 10x114x COOL SNITZEL Darren Weir John Allen 3 57kg 72
6 5112148104 DANCE WITH FONTEIN Robbie Griffiths Clare Lindop 8 57kg 72
7 3418×14537 OUR VIDIA (NZ) Byron Cozamanis Damien Thornton 4 57kg 71
8 156×1 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Ms Jackie Beriman 9 57kg 70
9 x36416x128 HEARTZ ABLAZE Richard Jolly Jake Toeroek 5 57kg 69
10 19x14x3 COCOA DOLL Phillip Stokes Jason Holder 15 57kg 68
11 1x4646x POWER TRIP John McArdle Chris Parnham 14 54kg 71
12 7×1 LIFE’S REWARD David Tootell Zac Spain (a) 13 54kg 62
13 1108x SWORD OF LIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Katelyn Mallyon 10 52kg 73
14 11 SHOWPERO David Jolly Ms Jamie Kah 1 52kg 68
15 45x22x3 MOTOWN LIL Robert Smerdon Daniel Moor 11 52kg 67
16 6×4 CLOCKWORK ORANGE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Cory Parish 7 52kg 60


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