Time to shine your Light
Gary Griffiths' SHINING LIGHT has come on a ton this season, no worse than fourth in five starts, giving the four-year-old colt a terrific chance to upstage champion trainer Wayne DaCosta's SILVER CLOUD in Monday's overnight allowance.
Among those five starts was a strong victory at five and a half furlongs, against leading three-year-olds, beating BUBBLING KITTEN and DREAMLINER after stalking the pair down the backstretch and quickening off the home turn.
On graduating to overnight allowance following that win, SHINING LIGHT came within three-quarter lengths of immediately stepping up to open allowance, caught at the wire by United States-bred BRAWN at 1400 metres.
He also found a mile a trifle long in his next start, grabbing the lead off the turn but was worn down by SOUTHERN CRUISE and MIRACLE STAR, who dead-heated for first. In that event, last year's champion two-year-old, FUTURE KING, just grabbed third from SHINING LIGHT at the wire.
Reverting to a more suitable distance, 1300 metres, on March 5, SHINING LIGHT failed to get into the pace on a muddy track but came flying at EDISON in the stretch run to lose by a half length, beating HOVER CRAFT into third.
HOVER CRAFT returned last Saturday afternoon to easily the frank the form, beating MIRACLE STAR, ORIGINAL TRAIN and WESTERN ROSE at 1500 metres.
SILVER CLOUD is as tough and game as they come. However, he's new to the class whereas SHINING LIGHT has had his initiation against better horses, far from disgraced in three solid efforts, which should give him his due on Monday.