Horse Racing

Lightning Lily comes good in Overnight

Observer staff reporter

Friday, July 20, 2018

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After Lightning Lily's recent encouraging win in high claiming ($550,000 - $500,000), it was revealed by that the bay filly will be heading for the breeding shed early next year. However, her fighting win in the top-rated Overnight Allowance event on Wednesday must have had her connections thinking otherwise.

trained by Philip Feanny, it was Lightning Lily's first run at this level and the Storm Craft offspring showed deep fighting qualities when winning over six-and-a-half furlongs (1,300m) in an event for three-year-olds and upward.

“She ( Lightning Lily) continues to perform well and I am happy with the victory. The plan is to go to the breeding shed by the end of the year. Lightning Lily should and will perform better later in the year as she is improving nicely,” Feanny, a man of few words, told the Supreme Racing Guide.

Lightning Lilly got a good start as she settled down in fourth place, yet in close touch of the leaders. Lunar Rocket (Javaniel Patterson) was rushed up against the inside rails to take up the early lead over A.P.I. (Jerome Innis) and Crucial Appeal (Anthony Thomas).

Approaching the half mile (800m), Lightning Lily cruised down into second just ahead of Crucial Appeal as they chased Lunar Rocket. Lightning Lily then increased the tempo and took over proceedings at the top of the lane.

With six horses on her heels in deep stretch, it appeared at one stage that Lightning Lily would be overhauled, but Mullings got his mount to really dig in and Lightning Lily held on in the end to win by a short head from Jamai Raja (Omar Walker).

Sarah Lee (Gary Richards) came through for third place, while Sir Budget (Ruja Lahoe) finished in fourth place. The final time was 1:20.1.

Of note, in this race two riders, Innis and Dane Dawkins, who rode Wartime, both fell from their mounts.

After a stewards' inquiry, no change was made to the official order of finish.

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