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Earthlight returns in style at Deauville


Unbeaten colt Earthlight picked up where he left off last season with an easy success in the six-furlong Listed Prix Kistena at Deauville, France, on Sunday, 12 July.

The Andre Fabre-trained son of Shamardal, making his first appearance since winning the G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, UK, in September, raced in a close sixth of the eight runners early on.

He cruised up to hit the front over a furlong from home and soon quickened away from the field under a hands and heels ride before being eased on the line by Mickael Barzalona to beat Wanaway by two and a half lengths.

Lisa-Jane Graffard of Godolphin said: “We are absolutely delighted with Earthlight and he won his race in the style we are accustomed to – he really showed his class. This will probably bring him on and I am sure that Andre Fabre and Sheikh Mohammed will have a discussion about the rest of his programme this year.”