LIGHTINTHENITE




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GENDERGELDINGTRAINERJOHN O"SHEA
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A Favourite Amongst Staff and Owners. Affectionately known as "Tuesday"

From the moment Lightinthenite entered the John O'Shea racing stable, he was well admired. What he did for Champion Thoroughbreds though, was immeasurable in that he pioneered the first crop and led the team for 4 seasons. His natural ability was never questioned and it is a case of what might have been for the injury prone Galileo gelding.

He was due to enter the O'Shea stable regardless of Champion, but at the time of Champion being established and the search for future representatives being on in earnest, it was like stars colliding that he ended up in the Champion red and white silks.

"I called John and said I'm sending in a colt that I purchased as a weanling. Have a look at him, and if you like him enough to endorse him to be syndicated under the Champion banner, then we can do that, otherwise I will just race him myself" Jason Abrahams, Director of Champion recalled. "John called me back that afternoon and said...he's arrived and I think he's a ball tearer, there's no problems there going under Champion, he would fit into any line up in any stable in the country". From that moment we put a syndicate together to race him.

His 2yo career was curtailed by injury and immaturity. He trialled as a spring 3yo but was spelled again. He eventually hit the races as an autumn 3yo and won his first start most impressively at Newcastle, before coming to Randwick on the Kensington circuit and winning as he pleased over 1300m. He was accepted for a stakes race at his following start before injury forced him to be scratched 2 days before the race, for which he was an odds on favourite in pre post betting markets. It was a bitter pill for all concerned.

He ended up not racing for another 6 months and as a spring 4yo he came out and won again first up at Canterbury as a short priced favourite finishing just .1 of a second outside of the course record, despite being given a relatively easy time of it. It was at this stage he started to gain a lot of attention and respect from the racing public and media. That same preparation he won at Rosehill on a Saturday and then started favourite in the Listed Festival Stakes, only to run 2nd to Monton who then went on to win the Villiers at his next start, and Lightinthenite ran 5th in the same event.

His next preparation was again riddled with injury but not before having 2 race starts. He won first up at Randwick before finishing 3rd in the Listed Scone Cup over a mile.

Spelled again, he came back and ran first up in the Cameron Hcp at Newcastle where he finished 2nd to Rolling Pin (an eventual Gr2 winner and Gr1 placegetter). Next start, Tuesday was thrown into the deep end, by that we mean a Gr1 event, the Epsom Hcp at Randwick. He ran a solid race to finish 4th to Fat Al. With John adamant he would win his next start (after doing the history on horses who had run well in the Epsom and where they went next) we packed up and went to Caulfield for Caulfield Cup Day, and the race we had selected was the old Coongy Hcp, now known as the David Jones Cup over 2000m. He got up on the line to defeat Bagman and claim his first stakes race, a Gr3 event which was to prove his crowning achievement on the track, under the guidance of Craig Williams. It was a thrilling day and one that anyone involved in him will never forget, particularly his strapper Mel Williams, pictured below, who incidentally had won Sydney Strapper of the Year in 2010.
The same preparation, he ran a gallant 6th in the Gr2 Queen Elizabeth stakes behind future Melbourne Cup favourite, Puissance De Lune.

His next preparation he raced without luck with a 4th in the Gr2 Ajax at Rosehill, before finishing midfield in the Gr1 Doncaster behind Sacred Falls and Pierro on a Heavy 10 surface. He then went to Queensland running 5th in the Gr2 Hollindale behind Lights of Heaven, beaten just 1L, 6th in the Gr1 Doomben Cup, then a magnificent 4th in the Brisbane Cup over 2400m beaten 2L by Moriarty, after being 12th with 400m to go and given a torrid run throughout. His finishing burst and will to win was evident for all to see that day. He showed courage that is rarely witnessed and in our minds was his most gallant performance and was a great testament to his courage as a racehorse.

He was spelled again and when he came back he ran 3rd to the Gr1 winner Hawkspur in the Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick before 2 more runs that preparation, where his feet issues flared up once he hit Melbourne for the Spring. He came back in the autumn but ran several races below his usual ratings, and the decision was made to sell him so that he would be able to compete in a grade a fraction lower than the level he had had to compete in on the eastern seaboard, and we wished him the best for his new ownership group and trainer going forward.

What a personality and what a horse. He was our only chestnut as well in the Champion stable for 5 years so he's hard to forget!