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Light leads the way

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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