Lightning Stakes 2015: Wild Rain confirms class with comfortable win   Leave a comment

Lightning Stakes 2015: Wild Rain confirms class with comfortable win

The Mark Kavanagh-trained speedster, the clear-cut favourite at $2.50, stamped her class over a quality field thanks to a textbook ride by underrated jockey Matthew Neilson.

Wild Rain (right) finishes in front of Cashed to take out the Lightning Stakes at Morphet

Wild Rain (right) finishes in front of Cashed to take out the Lightning Stakes at Morphettville. Picture: Tom HuntleySource: News Corp Australia

YESTERDAY’S Lightning Stakes turned into the perfect storm for Wild Rain, the flying filly shining under gloomy skies at Morphettville.

The forecast of thunder didn’t arrive as promised, denying the ultimate meteorological metaphor — but it was still easy to find superlatives for Wild Rain’s effort in the $100,000 Listed race over 1050m.

Wild Rain began well from barrier two but lightning-quick juvenile Burst Away ($12) sped through from the inside gate to hold the lead, with the favourite settling on his outside. The early tempo was hot, leaving several runners gasping.

But Wild Rain was always travelling sweetly and unleashed a potent kick when Neilson flicked her into top gear past the home turn.

The Ryan Balfour-trained Cashed loomed as a serious challenger nearing the finish but Wild Rain stuck to her guns to record a half-neck win.

Lightly raced filly Trupt was caught flat-footed off a bruising early pace but worked home stoutly for third at just her fifth start, giving Balfour both minor placegetters.

“I’m competitive and always want to win … but it’s hard to complain when my two runners have finished top-three,” Balfour said.

It’s significant to note the first three horses across the line were three-year-olds, with smart juvenile Counter Pulse leading the two-year-olds home with his fourth-placed effort.

Kavanagh’s son Levi said he had been happy to see Wild Rain take a sit on the tearaway leader.

“We’d decided before the race we’d be happiest if she could get a sit,” Kavanagh said.

“She’s quite often found herself in front because she begins so well but I think she actually races better when she settles off the leader.

“She’s had a terrific campaign when you looked back at her record. She’s done a great job.”

Wild Rain has won five of 12 starts and Saturday’s feature win took her earnings to almost $230,000.

Neilson said he had tried to send Wild Rain into better running about five horses away from the fence in the home straight but the filly had wanted to drift back to the rails.

“She didn’t really want to go to the middle of the track … but thankfully she was probably just a bit better than them,” Neilson said.

Wild Rain will now be sent for a spell and could be set for the rich Magic Millions Race Day on the Gold Coast in January.

Originally published as Wild Rain confirms class with comfortable win

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Posted July 26, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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