Earthlight gets his stud career off to a flying start

1-2 for first-season sire opens his winner’s account in style

Earthlight’s very first runners hit the track on Monday, 8 April and the early signs could not be better as he recorded a winner and two seconds from three runners.

Target Man was the first of his progeny to race and was beaten just a neck at Lingfield, with the George Boughey-trained colt looking likely to go one better next time out.

Later on the same day and this time at Wolverhampton, Lady Lightning ran out the ready winner of the five-furlong novice for Ed Dunlop.

Breaking smartly under Rossa Ryan, she took up the running after a furlong and from then on the result never looked in down as she kept on superbly to win by a length and three quarters from fellow Earthlight filly Ashen Glow.

Lady Lightning was bred by Cashel Rock Bloodstock and is out of the Stakes winner Lady Liberty (Shirocco), now dam of four winners and a half-sister to G1 winner Wigmore Hall.

Earthlight was himself an outstanding juvenile, winning the G1 Prix Morny and the G1 Middle Park in record time. His first yearlings sold for up to 325,000 guineas.