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Lightning set to strike in Great Yarmouth racecourse’s richest race

PUBLISHED: 17:35 18 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:35 18 September 2018

Action from day one of the festival as Majic J wins the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes under jockey Oisin Murphy Picture: Nick Butcher

Action from day one of the festival as Majic J wins the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes under jockey Oisin Murphy Picture: Nick Butcher

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Lightning is set to strike for the richest-ever race, worth £50,000, at Great Yarmouth on Wednesday afternoon, on day two of the three-day Eastern Festival.

Winter Lightning, owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, is likely to go off favourite for the 3.35pm John Musker Fillies’ Stakes, worth more than £28,000 to the winner.

Nine fillies line up with Winter Lightning, a three-year-old, set to run a big race under in-form jockey Oisin Murphy.

Third at Sandown in a class one contest on September 1 and third at Meydan in a group three earlier in the year, Winter Lightning had previously managed two victories in Dubai in January and February.

However, she is unlikely to have things all her own way with Chain Of Daisies among the main rivals. The Henry Candy-trained Salisbury winner from mid-August will be ridden by Harry Bentley.

Ryan Moore is on Ed Vaughan’s Dancing Brave Bear, ninth in Royal Ascot’s Ribblesdale Stakes, and when there is a big pot on offer, it is always worth considering the trainer/jockey combination of John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, who have Scottish Jig, a Wolverhampton scorer on August 23.

The feature is the highlight of an eight-race card under way at 2pm and running to the 5.40pm finale. Six go in the £12,000 Stanley Threadwell Handicap at 5.10pm in which Moore rides Robert Cowell’s speedy Encore D’Or in the five-furlong sprint, although the gelding often produces better on the all-weather than the turf.

Opening contest at 2pm sees Murphy on the blinkered first-timer Aaliya, who could take some beating, while the maiden for two-year-olds has been split into two divisions at 2.30pm and 3pm. Seven debutants go in the first, including William Haggas’ newcomer Victory Day under Moore, while eight make their debut in the second division which sees The Queen’s Sovereign Grant, a Kingman colt, race under Moore for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Enigmatic, under French jockey Gerard Mosse, a course and distance winner in May could land the 4.05pm Sea Deer Handicap while at 4.40pm Godolphin’s Piece Of History goes under David Egan, trying to complete a hat-trick of successes.

The 5.40pm finale sees six go over six furlongs with likely favourite Perfection for Dettori and Gosden.

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