SOUTH African bred Light The Lights won the Listed Singspiel Stakes over 1800m on turf at Meydan for Mike de Kock and Christophe Soumillon on Thursday evening.

The five-year-old by Western Winter ran along nicely and had plenty in the tank around the bend, about three lengths off the call, but jockey Colm O’Donoghue sent his mount Championship swiftly clear of the pack. Soumillon had to work hard to get Light The Lights to make up the ground on the older horse, who wasn’t stopping, but they got there in the last two strides and posted victory by a neck.

De Kock praised the SA breeding industry for their horsemanship and the way they deliver top horses year after year. “Our horses have won on the world stage for a long time, they keep on winning but I still think the world under-rates us,” he said.

Light The Lights, a gelding by Western Winter from First Arrival (Northern Guest), was a R1,2-million purchase for Hugo Hattingh and partners at the BSA National Yearling Sale. He was sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum after his fourth to Smart Call in the 2016 J&B Met and De Kock said: “Light The Lights and Noah from Goa left South Africa early last year and as a result they got to Dubai earlier than my horses normally do.

“Light The Lights was a fit horse tonight and Noah is also doing very well, so we will look at taking another early shipment this year.  They have definitely benefitted from getting here sooner.”

Photo by Andrew Watkins.