Lightning poised for Haydock

Last Updated: 04/08/14 4:46pm

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Lightning Thunder (right): Haydock hopeful

Lightning Thunder (right): Haydock hopeful

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Dual Classic runner-up Lightning Thunder is likely to be given the chance to gain a confidence-boosting victory at Haydock this weekend.

The Olly Stevens-trained filly was narrowly beaten by Miss France in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and found only Marvellous too strong in the Irish equivalent.

She was not disgraced when ninth in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and was due to run in last Friday's Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood before being taken out on the morning of the race.

Stevens hopes his charge will be back on top form for Saturday's Betfred TV/EBF Stallions Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes on Merseyside, for which there are 23 entries.

"She didn't run at Goodwood as she hadn't eaten up. You can't take any chances with a filly like her, but she's been fine since," said the trainer.

"There is a Listed race at Haydock on Saturday and assuming she is still fine come declaration time on Thursday, I would imagine she'll probably run.

"She still hasn't won a stakes race, so it would be great to get one on the board."

One horse who did perform admirably for Stevens at Goodwood was fast-improving sprinter Extortionist.

Winner of the Coral Charge at Sandown on his penultimate start, the three-year-old was narrowly denied by Take Cover in the King George Stakes and is now set to step up to Group One level in the Nunthorpe at York on August 22.

Stevens said: "We were really pleased with him and it's great he's running consistently, which he wasn't last year.

"It's a tough ask for a three-year-old to run in the Nunthorpe, but at the start of the year we weren't expecting him to achieve what he has so far this season.

"As long as he's well the plan is to have a crack at the Nunthorpe. He's a horse who needs quick ground and he's in at York and in the Sprint Cup at Haydock next month.

"After that you would imagine the ground will have gone for him, but he should be a hugely exciting horse next year."

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