Third winner for first-season sire Earthlight

Brave performance sees Xanthe win on debut at Ascot

First-season sire Earthlight sired his third winner when his juvenile daughter Xanthe produced a brave performance to break her maiden on debut at Ascot on Saturday, 11 May.

Trained by Richard Hannon, Xanthe raced prominently throughout the five-furlong contest, she challenged the leader with just over a furlong to run and fought out the finish in a head-to-head tussle with Reposado to prevail by a head.

Bred by Ballylinch Stud, Xanthe was a £75,000 Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling purchase. She is the daughter of G2 Queen Mary Stakes heroine, Gilded (Redback), who has produced three other winners including Fort Del Oro who won the Listed Testimonial Stakes.

Earthlight, a Champion two-year-old colt in France and winner of the G1 Middle Park Stakes and G1 Prix Morny, has got his new career at stud off to a great start. His other winners include Daylight and Lady Lightning.

Earthlight stands at Kildangan Stud, Ireland for a fee of €15,000, Oct 1 SLF.