Blake Shinn rides Redzel to victory at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
The $750,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) has Redzel's name all over it, but who will Australia's premier sprinter be tackling on Saturday?
The early markets have it as Redzel's race to lose as odds-on with most bookmakers' all-in markets, but interestingly, the returns of Supido and Hey Doc especially will be notable, given they also hold entries for potential Dubai trips next month.
Lindsay Park will nominate three runners, the main one being Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior with fillies Catchy and Ennis Hill unlikely to take their place with other Group 1 targets in mind (see below).
Hypothetically, if Chairman's Stakes winner Ennis Hill was to run in the Lightning albeit unlikely, her allocated weight to carry would be 44kg on the weight-for-age scale. That is 14.5kg less than the likes of Redzel and those horses aged five and over will carry.
It is not without precedent for two-year-olds to contest the Lightning, as Boomwaa and Bugatty both did in 2014, carrying 46kg each with Dean Yendall and Dean Holland able to make the light weight respectively. With Ennis Hill being a filly, she would be given a 2kg allowance via the WFA scale.
The most recent instance of a two-year-old in the Lightning prior to 2014 was filly Clever Zoe, second to Schillaci in the 1993 Lightning Stakes, when ridden by Stephen Baster (who rode her at 44kg) - who incidentally partnered Ennis Hill to a commanding win in the Chairman's.
David Hayes also confirmed Spieth (narrow runner-up in this race last year) and So Si Bon, two post-spring additions to the stable, were ‘building nicely’ but not quite there to kick off this week.
Terravista has been eyeing off his defence of his Lightning crown for some time for trainer Joe Pride, who is also bringing down stablemate and younger half-brother Ball Of Muscle.
Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning likely nominations
Ball Of Muscle
Catchy (unlikely to run - more likely Oakleigh Plate)
Ennis Hill (unlikely to run - more likely Blue Diamond Stakes)
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