By a young sire sensation, Limelight is out of a mare from a powerful producing family.

His sire, New Approach, was an undefeated European Champion at two, and repeated as Europe’s Champion of his generation at three, when his victories included the English Derby (gr. I). At stud New Approach rocketed to stardom when a trio of his first crop two-year-olds captured stakes events at Royal Ascot. Those Royal Ascot juveniles were headed by Dawn Approach, who went on to emulated his sire as an undefeated Champion Two-Year-Old, and as a classic winning three-year-old. That first crop also included the English Oaks (gr. I) victress Talent, group one winner Sultanina, and Libertarian, a group two winner who captured second in the English Derby (gr. I). Runners from New Approach’s first Australian-sired crop also made a major impact, including the SAJC Schweppes Oaks (gr. I) victress May’s Dream, and graded stakes scorers Gamblin’ Guru and Montsegur.

Limelight’s dam, Smarty Jane, is a winning daughter of Elusive Quality, who already appears as broodmare sire of such as Guelph, Shooting to Win and Ghibellines. Smarty Jane is half-sister to Cute Emily, heroine of the SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (gr. III), and to Miss Conception, dam of both the BMW Hong Kong Derby captor Luger, an earner of over A$2,000,000 , and Psychologist, successful in the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude (gr. III) and Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes (gr. III). Smarty Jane’s granddam, Prefer an Angel, was also a very accomplished racemare, taking the MVRC Diamond Jubilee Stakes (gr. II).

The cross that produced Limelight, that of New Approach over Gone West line mares is already represented by two other stakes winners, including group one winner Sultanina, and the broader cross of New Approach over Mr. Prsoepctor line mares – as here – has six stakes winners, also including group and graded scorers Gamblin’ Guru and Newfangled.