Sheikh Mohammed strengthened his hand for the 2012 English 1000 Guineas after Lyric Of Light scored a G2 victory in the May Hill Stakes (1600m) at Doncaster on Friday.
Lyric Of Light (2f Street Cry – Suez by Green Desert) won by a neck and then survived a protest from the favourite Fallen For You (Dansili) to maintain her perfect record. The Darley homebred had won a Newmarket maiden first-up on August 26.
Lyric Of Light joins G3 Sweet Solera winner Discourse (Street Cry) and G2 Cherry Hinton winner Gamilati (Bernardini) among Sheikh Mohammed’s leading candidates for next year’s 1000 Guineas.
“She’s got a lot of class and won with her ears pricked,” winning jockey Frankie Dettori said. “It was a big jump from her maiden but the signs are she’s a good filly.”
Dettori won the May Hill on White Moonstone (Dynaformer) last year and she went on to a G1 victory in the Fillies Mile at Ascot.
Lyric Of Light’s dam Suez was a Listed winner of the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury. Her half-sister Polish Princess (Polish Precedent) is based at Windsor Park in NZ and she won two races as well as being G1 placed in the 2007 Champions Mile at Ellerslie.
Lyric Of Light becomes the 52nd stakes winner for Street Cry. Darley’s champion sire has been in rare form with his northern hemisphere juveniles this term
Apart from Lyric Of Light and Discourse, he has also been represented by LR Washington Singer Stakes winner Fencing.
Leqqaa won on debut at Leicester and he was stakes placed behind Fencing at Newbury while Minidress, Oscan and Anjaz are all unbeaten in England.
The Saratoga meeting also saw Street Cry filly And Why Not finish third in the G1 Spinaway Stakes on September 4.
Street Cry is serving his latest southern book at Darley Kelvinside for a $110,000 (inc gst) service fee.