Light shines on Lane and Sword in Let's Elope Stakes

Sep 16, 2017

Damian Lane was lucky to escape injury in a fall 40 minutes earlier but the jockey dusted himself off to pilot the game Sword Of light to victory in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.

Lane fell from the David Moodie-trained Limestone in the Danehill Stakes but recovered to get a medical clearance to ride the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Sword Of Light.

Sword Of Light was a Group 3 winner at her second start in the 2016 Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield but she had posted two city wins in a terrific autumn campaign.

Sword Of Light started her spring with a solid fifth in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes over 1200m but the 1400m of the Let’s Elope Stakes was perfect for the daughter of New Approach second-up.

Lane quickly took barrier 12 out of the equation, sending Sword Of Light to track the early lead Lovani to the home turn before hitting the front early in the Flemington straight.

Sword Of Light pulled out plenty under Lane’s urgings to score a career-best win by a long neck.

“She was great,” Lane said.

“She 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 she was too tough.”

Zahra said the Sword Of Light’s Let’s Elope Stakes win was most deserved.

“She just doesn’t run a bad race and she showed that she was a good class mare that just wants to compete,” Zahra said.

“She goes forward and makes her own but she finds plenty when she is challenged because she doesn’t want to let them get past her.

“She’s a dream to have around the place.”

Sword Of Light’s Let’s Elope Stakes win earned connections, great stable supporters Hesket Bloodstock, a $122,000 winner’s cheque, taking the terrific mare’s stakes tally to more than $600,000.

Congratulations to all involved with Sword Of Light’s super Flemington win.