Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Light leads the way

Leading Light, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, wins the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh
Leading Light, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, wins the Gallinule Stakes at the Curragh

Leading Light looked appropriately named in winning the Curragh's Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes for Aidan and Joseph O'Brien.

Given a positive ride from the front, it looked like the Montjeu colt might be swamped by Little White Cloud at the two-furlong pole.

But O'Brien had saved plenty and the heavily-backed 4-6 favourite picked up again, in the end running out a cosy two and a quarter length winner from the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial third Little White Cloud.

The winning trainer said: "He's a lazy horse. He doesn't mind going along in front and there's always plenty there when you want it.

"He has plenty of pace and he's able to get a position. He's a very straight-forward Montjeu - he can get a position early, travel along and he can be tough at the end.

"He's lazy that's why he wears the cheek-pieces. It helps him from being too lazy early on.

"He's a possible for Ascot or the Irish Derby. He wouldn't mind 10 furlongs, a mile and a half or even two miles - I don't think it matters to him."

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