Lightning strikes for Stevens
Olly Stevens continues to make a fine impression in his first season as a trainer and he struck again with newcomer Lightning Thunder in the Betfred-sponsored EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newbury.
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Principally working for Sheikh Fahad's Pearl Bloodstock operation in Chiddingfold, Stevens had made an entry for Lightning Thunder (7/1) in the Group One Fillies' Mile at Newmarket in September.
This was a perfect start as she quickened along nearest the stands' rail under Harry Bentley to beat 5-2 favourite Tea In Transvaal by a length and a half.
The trainer's wife, Hetta, said: "It's not a big surprise as she had been showing up well at home since she arrived from the breeze-ups.
"This was the perfect test. She's not 100% straight from here but it was a good start. We'll get the programme book out, I'd imagine, but she's a nice filly who deserves to go to the big tracks."
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