A step up to weekend racing at Ellerslie proved no problem for Special Light who put in a strong performance to win the Auckland Co-op Taxis (2100m).
The four-year-old mare, who races in the Trelawney Silks for Brent, Cherry and Faith Taylor, was coming off a mid-week win at Hastings on January 30.
The Tony-Pike trained Special Light jumped well and travelled behind pacemaker Remarx for the majority of the trip before Samantha Collett launched a beautifully timed challenge on the home straight, taking the lead and going on to win by 1.5L.
Special Light was purchased out of Segenhoe’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft and she looks to have a promising future as a staying type. By Redoute’s Choice out of Galileo mare New Light, Special Light was acquired with a view to join the Trelawney Broodmare band at the completion of her racing.
The third placed runner in the race, Nobu, also holds a Trelawney connection have being sold through their 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock draft to Guy Mulcaster for $250,000. The Chris Waller-trained three-year-old is in New Zealand aiming for a start in the Gr.1 Vodafone NZ Derby (2400m) on March 2.