Tuesday, 7 August 2012
: Adelaide based trainer David Jolly will be looking towards the heavens to decide the fate of promising galloper Avoid Lightning heading into this Saturday's Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville.
The daughter of Blevic notched up her fourth win on the trot with a very impressive success in the Listed Lightning Stakes last start staving off an interstate invasion.
"We were very happy with her heading into last Saturday, we knew she could handle the locally trained gallopers, it was just the inter - state visitors that we were unsure about,' Jolly said.
"It's very hard to know how the form lines are going to match up.
"I certainly wasn't surprised to see her do that, she obviously keeps improving and every challenge we set her she seems to just get better and better.”
With little rain forecast for Saturday, Jolly remains a fifty percent chance of starting the five-year-old mare in the weight-for-age affair.
"She probably doesn't need to be tackling this company so early on, especially if she isn't getting the track to suit,” Jolly said.
"She's got a terrific wet track pedigree and certainly races at her best with the sting out of the track.
"If she was able to get a slow to heavy track come Saturday I would be very confident with her, I just feel that racing on a firm track takes away her fitness edge over her rivals.”
Having won five of her six career starts, Jolly has remained patient with the mare not electing to push her in the early stages of her career.
"Pretty much from day one we knew we had something above average,” Jolly said.
"We took no chances with her after she pulled up shin shore at her second start, we just elected to tip her straight out and get her ready for the winter.”
No stranger to taking his horses interstate, Jolly has confirmed a possible trip to Melbourne is on the cards in the coming months.
"We've earmarked a mares race at Caulfield in September, so if she doesn't run on Saturday we'll just keep ticking her along and look to some alternative races interstate,” Jolly said.
"If she can get the tracks to suit in Melbourne I definitely feel she's up to it.”
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