EARTHLIGHT, winner of the Group 1 Prix Morny and Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, has been retired from racing and will stand at Kildangan Stud next year.
He is a son of Shamardal, who stood at Kildangan up until his death last April.
Trained by André Fabre, Earthlight remained unbeaten in his juvenile year, posting five wins, two at Group 1 level.
He won the Prix Morny at Deauville, defeating Raffle Prize, the pair well clear of the rest of the field. He then went on to take the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, recording a new juvenile course record in the process. Earthlight was duly crowned French champion juvenile at the end of this superb campaign.
In this extraordinary year Earthlight did not make his three-year-old debut until July, where he extended his unbeaten run to six. He was then a close fourth in the Group 1 Prix Maurice de Gheest before successfully tackling seven furlongs for the first time in the Group 3 Prix du Pin.
Earthlight concluded his career by finishing second in the Group 1 Prix de la Foret on Arc day, beaten just a neck by One Master.
He hails from an outstanding female family. His dam Winters Moon was third in the Group 1 Fillies’ Mile and is herself a half-sister to two Group 1 winners.
Sam Bullard of Darley said: “During his unbeaten juvenile campaign, Earthlight’s victories in the Prix Morny and Middle Park were truly outstanding and his champion status at the end of that year was very well deserved. The loss of Shamardal in April left a big hole in the roster, but we are confident that his sons, Earthlight and Blue Point, will continue his legacy admirably in Ireland.”