Lightning Handicap Field – 2016

The Final Field has been released for the 2016 Lightning Handicap which is to be run at Eagle Farm racecourse on Saturday 4th, June 2016. View the Lightning Handicap Field.

1INTO THE REDKelso WoodLuke Dittman (a)1659kg
2BEAU RADAJohn McArdleChris Symons556kg
3SHAMALIAJames CummingsKerrin McEvoy1556kg
4FELINESKris LeesHugh Bowman655.5kg
5FURNACESJohn O’SheaJames McDonald1755.5kg
6JENNYFROMTHEBLOCKLloyd KennewellZac Spain (a)954kg
7TIME TO PLUNDERLiam Birchley754kg
8ESPIRITUStephen LeeJeff Lloyd454kg
9GOJO MIMOBrad HerneRic McMahon1154kg
10GLENBAWN DAMEPeter Robl1054kg
11HARDLINE (NZ)Liam BirchleyJim Byrne854kg
12AWASITAKris LeesSam Clipperton1254kg
13eEXECUTEDKrystle JohnstonBrad Pengelly154kg
14eSARISARARex Lipp354kg
15eMOST IMPORTANTTony GollanMs Tegan Harrison254kg
16eSIMPLY MINGJohn Symons & Sheila LaxonMs Sarah Eilbeck (a)1354kg
17eAEGEAN SEAClarry Conners1454kg


For Rebeka Prest, having a crack at the professional circuit after years at the picnics was about making the most of her obvious potential before it was too late.

The Wagga Wagga-based apprentice jockey racked up 80 wins over eight years as an amateur before being coaxed into the big time by Chris Heywood in 2014.

The move to the professional ranks was given a further push by the realisation she didn’t have all the time in the world to make her mark on the racing world.

“I thought, `I’m getting too old, I better try something’,” Prest told AAP.

“My weight was good and my boss at the time told me I probably should try and do it,” she said.

Although admitting to the occasional bout of fatigue, the heightened pressure and workload of constant professional racing has not diminished her love of the sport.

“It’s a hell of a lot busier than the picnics,” she said.

“I watch my weight a bit now but at the picnics I didn’t have to worry about it.”

“But I don’t think there’s anything else I’d want to do.”

The first two years of her professional career have been a challenge, and she acknowledges she has “good days and bad days”.

Prest makes a rare visit to Sydney for two rides at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

She will be on two-year-old gelding Briconi and three-year-old filly Just Stellar – both trained by Christopher Davies.

“Just Stellar – she’s got a lot of promise, but first up might be a bit of a tough ask,” she said.

“The two-year-old – he’s still quite immature.

“He just needs the race experience.”

Prest is happy in Wagga Wagga for the time being and is confident opportunities will continue to open up.

But she expresses a desire ride in more provincial races.

“It’s tough getting into the provincial scene,” she said.

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