Two-Year-Old Showpero to Take on Three-Year-Olds in SA

You can never be too rich or too thin goes the saying and it seems to be the guiding principle for trainer David Jolly in making the decision to stay in South Australia and race three-year-olds at Morphettville in the Listed Lightning Stakes rather than take the trip north to Caulfield with his promising two-year-old filly Showpero.

Showpero was nominated to run the two-year-old race at Caulfield, but the weight concession for which she is eligible in the Lightning Stakes, along with racing on turf with which she is familiar proved too strong an anchor for Jolly.

She has two wins from three jumps in her brief career and even has the brag of being able to say that she handily dismissed a Tony McEvoy prepared Manuel on July 9 over 1000 m on a soft track. She had the benefit of half a kilo for that race.

The upcoming race for Showpero should not be confused with the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes that takes place at Flemington in February, which is a weight-for-age feature race of the fall carnival.

In the case of being too thin, it is Showpero’s jockey Jamie Kah who has the unenviable task of wasting down to 52.5 kg in order to ride in the Lightning Stakes.

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