YOU will have noted the name of four-year-old Western Winter gelding Light The Lights among the group of horses that left early for Dubai via Mauritius, in a website report recently.
He’s a new acquisition for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum of Dubai, formerly trained by Glen Kotzen.
Light The Lights (red cap), latecomer.
Light The Lights has raced 19 times for 3 wins and 7 places and looks like the type of horse that can do well In Dubai next season. He left South Africa after having won the Gr3 Peninsula Handicap and finishing fourth to world-class Smart Call in the 2016 Gr1 J&B Met.
Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe commented: “He’s a late maturing horse, on the up. His last two runs were his best. He should be decent handicapper in Dubai through the carnival in 2017.”
Street Cry colt, well-related.
Sheikh Mohammed purchased two others, unnamed two-year-olds, for the 2017 Carnival.
The first is a Street Cry colt that went to the Fasig Tipton Breeze-Up Sale in Kentucky and was bought privately after passing unsold. He’s a peach of a chestnut from a young Gone West mare who has already produced a Gr1 winner.
From the Ocala Breeze-Up Sale comes a big-striding young colt by Candy Ride and Malherbe said: “Pedigree wise, he was the best bred colt on the sale – and is bred to stay a trip. His sire Candy Ride was the best racehorse ever bred in Argentina and is a very good sire in the USA. He has bred Champions, is breeding over 5% Stakes winners, has an exceptional AEI of 1.91 – and is upgrading his mares!
“The colt’s dam was one of the best fillies in recent times. She won 3 Grade 1’s inc. The Kentucky Oaks- she was 2nd in 3 Grade 1’s and third in 4 Grade 1’s! He has a stallion’s pedigree.”
Candy Ride colt, great pedigree.