Speed Draws Wide In Light Fingers Stakes

After her sluggish jump a few days ago the start for Karuta Queen in the Light Fingers Stakes this weekend was always going to be crucial.

That point has been driven home after the barrier draw in which the Neville Layt trained runner came up with gate 12.

It will be a full field of 16 as well with two emergencies on hand to ensure we run at capacity in the feature at Warwick Farm on Saturday.

Assuming the emergencies don’t get a start Karuta Queen will move into 11 but that still leaves plenty of horses between her and the fence.

On her side though is the fact much of the other speed is out with her.

In fact arguably the top three picks to make the early pace are all alongside each other, Streama in 11, Karuta Queen in 12 and Al’s Magic Miss in 13.

No doubt some inside them will also push up to try and keep them out which guarantees a blistering early tempo.

Karuta Queen showed last start she simply has to lead so she’ll be going forward at all costs while both Streama and Al’s Magic Miss can run off a sit but they still need to be towards the pointy end of the field.

The race may well be decided by just how many horses on the inside go forward and how hard the jockeys are willing to push to keep them there.

This of course opens the race right up for the back markers which is excellent news for Pane In The Glass.

While fellow back marker Hallowell Belle did well with gate four, Pane In The Glass will almost certainly be coming from last after snagging barrier 18.

Some of the other more significant results see Kneeling out wide in 17 alongside Emmalene in 16 whilst Fox and Schiffer performed well with gates one and two respectively.

Light Fingers Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0X341212X4 KARUTA QUEEN Neville Layt Tommy Berry 12 56kg 100
2 232X14277X PANE IN THE GLASS John P Thompson Blake Shinn 18 56kg 94
3 2261X3111X STREAMA Guy Walter Hugh Bowman 11 56kg 104
4 32X122224X HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse Corey Brown 4 56kg 92
5 213X796X1 SCHIFFER Gerald Ryan Josh Adams (a) 2 56kg 85
6 315X ALTAR Peter Snowden Brenton Avdulla 9 56kg 90
7 5X16424X21 AL’S MAGIC MISS David Payne Ms Kathy O’Hara 13 56kg 85
8 1211X5 EMMALENE Liam Birchley Peter Robl 16 56kg 84
9 311X1 NOCTURNELLE Chris Waller Christian Reith 6 56kg 77
10 254X113513 DEBELLE Clarry Conners Nathan Berry 5 56kg 76
11 2X177X KNEELING John P Thompson Joao Moreira 17 56kg 81
12 1114X COLORADO CLAIRE John O’Shea Chad Schofield (a) 15 56kg 70
13 206X33610 MISS SPOKEN Gary Portelli Rod Quinn 3 56kg 70
14 311 SEA SIREN John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 10 56kg 71
15 24X711X2 FOX Adam Duggan Joshua Parr 1 56kg 73
16 0X1 BLUE RUBY Clarry Conners 8 56kg 66
17e 1 PINEAPPLE Kerry Parker Jeff Penza 14 56kg 67
18e 1455X ROSE PATTERN David Hayes 7 56kg 65

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