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Gr.3 glory for Light The Lights

Posted 18 March 2018 at 11:03

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club staged their final fixture of the season yesterday, when the main thoroughbred contest, the Gr.3 Abu Dhabi Championship over 2200m on turf, was won for the second time by Mike de Kock.


Victorious in 2009 with Mr Brock (Fort Wood), it was Light The Lights who landed a cosy victory. The son of Western Winter raced in midfield, while Jupiter Light (Lonhro) went off in front. The winner made his move stylishly from 500m out and came to take the lead with 150m to run. From there on in he was always holding his 13 rivals, coming home a three-quarter length winner ahead of Janszoon (Dubawi).


A more than useful sort in his native South Africa, where his career high came when taking the Gr.2 Peninsula Handicap, before running fourth to Smart Call (Ideal World) in the Gr.1 J&B Met.

Moved to De Kock from Glen Kotzen thereafter, he won the Listed (then) Singspiel Stakes on his Dubai debut last January, before running second in the Gr.2 Al Rashidiya. This year in four previous Dubai starts, he has won once, in a handicap at Meydan in January.


Bred by Hallmark Thoroughbred and one of seven Stakes performers produced by Zimbabwean Champion First Arrival (Northern Guest), he is a full-brother to the three-time Zimbabwe Listed scorer Rock The Country. Amongst the six-year-old’s half-siblings are the Champion South African Three-Year-Old Filly of 2013/14 and Gr.1 Woolavington 2000 Stakes and Gr.1 Cape Fillies Guineas scorer In The Fast Lane (Jet Master) and the Gr.1 Golden Horse Sprint Stakes winner Let’s Rock’N Roll (Muhtafal).

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