Sword Of Light strikes

The Sunday Times - - SPORT - MATHEW TOOGOOD

MORE than a year and a half af­ter win­ning her first Group race, Sword Of Light has claimed another with a tough per­for­mance in the Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington.

Rid­den by Damian Lane, who was cleared to con­tinue rid­ing at Flemington af­ter a fall in the pre­vi­ous race, Sword Of Light held out the fast-fin­ish­ing Swamp­land to take out the Group 2 1400m mares event by a long neck

Sword Of Light won the Group 3 Blue Di­a­mond fil­lies Pre­lude at her sec­ond start in Jan­uary last year and yes­ter­day’s vic­tory was her first suc­cess at stakes level since, although she did win two city races last prepa­ra­tion.

Lo­vani, who led the field, held on for third, another three-quar­ters of a length away.

“She was game,” Lane said. “We got across out­side the lead re­ally easy and she switched off well for me in the run.

“I thought she might have felt the pinch late, but to her credit she was tough.”

Co-trainer Mathew Eller­ton said Sword Of Light would progress through the spring in mares races and he would be guided by her per­for­mances as to where she ends up.

Mean­while, a grand-daugh­ter of for­mer cham­pion sire Dane­hill has won the Group 2 race named af­ter him at Flemington.

The Lind­say Park-trained Catchy stormed to vic­tory in yes­ter­day’s 1200m race for three-year-olds which has all but guar­an­teed the filly a start in the $2 mil­lion Caulfield Guineas on Oc­to­ber 14.

Catchy’s next run against her own sex in the Thou­sand Guineas Pre­lude on Oc­to­ber 1 will de­ter­mine whether she runs in the Guineas or the lesser $500,000 Thou­sand Guineas on the same day.

Rid­den by Re­gan Bayliss and sent out as the $3.60favourite, Catchy scored a three- quar­ter length win over Juke­box ($8.50) with Booker ($6.50) a head away third.

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