What an edition of the Lightning Stakes, and to me it seems there has been a lot more analysis and hype than usual. What a field though, quality from across all grades converging into one race down the straight. Lots of critique of trials and jump outs, and a few interesting jockey changes might buck the trend of what we have seen recently with these class horses. All we can look at is the data, and any other bias should take this information into account. An interesting factor here is 1000m, and at least three horses that will look to lead. From a map point of view, the data suggests the stronger finishers will come from the middle of the field, without needing as long to wind up. Really like the look of Nature Strip with Motor Kah on board, and like many others, I think she will be able to settle him in the run for a driving finish through the middle of the track. Data wise, he just looks so strong from just off the pace, and 1000m looks OK for him first up. Bivouac obviously a big chance, just not sure about coming from further back over the shorter trip. Cummings eluded to him getting improvement out of the run, and this is certainly not a target for him. The real unknown in this race is the West Aussie Elite Street. Data wise looks to sit mid field off the pace and have a very strong burst of speed half way through the race and give a shout late. At the odds he can run a very strong race. Still, sticking with Nature Strip and Motor Kah, with Elite Street to ruffle some feathers.
Looking for all race meetings and advanced virtual data tables?