Four Win Saturday - Win No.1 Lightning Field ... Fabulous

Date: 13 Feb 2022

Four Win Saturday - Win No.1 Lightning Field ... Fabulous

 

It was a ripper of a Saturday for the Te Akau team with four wins - coming on both sides of the Tasman - and three of the four being Group wins too!

The day started off brilliantly with Lightning Field saluting the judge at Te Rapa ...

 

Missing the start last time, Lightning Field (5 g Deep Field - Claudine, by Lonhro) made amends with a terrific victory in the $40,000 Legacy Lodge Rating 74 1200 metres on Legends Day (Saturday) at Te Rapa.

Lightning Field finished back yet still did well after blowing the start in a Rating 74 1400 metres on 14 January at Tauranga. He was racing solidly prior, and was given time (29 days) leading in to Te Rapa, and had weight relief to 54.5kg under stable apprentice Joe Kamaruddin.

Easy off the outside gate (9), Lightning Field stood leading stable-mate Burgundy Rose (Burgundy) seven lengths at the 600m, and remained six lengths astern 200m out, but his big finish was undeniable.

Winning by three-quarters of a length, Lightning Field certainly showed appreciation for the course at his first attempt.

“He jumped well from the bad draw and it was a good run today,” Kamaruddin said. “He got cover, travelled so well, and the last 500m was really good.”

Under showery skies on Slow7 footing, Lightning Field ran 1200 metres in 1:11.6, the last 600m 36, and drifted from the earlier fixed odds quote $10.00 & $2.80 to pay $15.10 & $3.70 on TAB tote.

“He's a bit of an enigma this horse and is tricky around the stable,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “But when he gets his own way he can perform well.

“He's a slow maturing horse that has needed time, but we were happy to throw him in the deep end for a decent stake today.

“He was very well ridden by Joe (Kamaruddin). We took him back to the barriers and did some work, the blindfold went on today, he returned into full cup blinkers to aid his concentration, and being back to 1200m which seems to be his go.

“He was always going to enjoy soft ground and it was a good tough win. He might be able to go on with it now too. He'll have another run in this grade, but he enjoys racing on the fresh side, so we'll space his races.”

Following five seconds, Lightning Field won his Maiden last season at Ellerslie, and has now won three times.

Purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM for $95,000 at Karaka 2018 Book 1 Sale, from draft of Henley Park, Lightning Field is the son of highly regarded Group 2 winner Deep Field, by ill-fated emerging stallion Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago) - a huge loss to the Australian stallion ranks.

Deep Field was leading Second Season Sire, Champion Third Season Sire by earnings and winners, and his yearlings have sold to $1m.

“He was the first foal from a mare by an outstanding sire and broodmare sire (Lonhro) and line-bred to some terrific sires: Sir Tristram, Mr. Prospector, and Northern Dancer,” Ellis said.

“He was always trying in his races and just required the physical strength before becoming a winner last season, and he's there now.

“I get such a thrill out of Joe (Kamaruddin) winning races for us. He's such a good person and a very important part of the team. When you run a stable like ours, we rely on having great people like Joe who comes in after lunch and works in the afternoons when he's not riding race day.

“He rides work all morning and every day he's got a smile on his face, and is just so good for the whole team.

Lightning Field was strapped by Rylee Sheehan.

 

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz

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