Purchased for 15,000gns at the recent July Sales from the famous Niarchos family, rated 75p by Timeform, we believe we’ve unearthed a very talented future stayer. As his pedigree would suggest, distances of ground should be the making of Highlighter. By Australia, 'A World Champion 3YO by Galileo out of 7-time Gr.1 winner Ouija Board' Read about his sire, here: https://coolmore.com/farms/ireland/stallions/australia.
(Note an update to the pedigree page - he has now run once.)
Watch his walk:
The way he stayed on strongly up the straight, on debut, at Windsor gives him something to seriously build on for the future. It’s unlikely that he’s a Group horse, or the Niarchos family wouldn’t be moving him on via the sale, but you could envisage a fulsome career ahead of him in handicaps, up in trip.
We’ll let him settle in for a week or two with his new trainer Gemma Tutty and let her come up with a plan, having assessed where precisely, he is. There ought to be plenty of improvement to come, as Timeform suggest (see the gallery.)
He could easily make up into a horse for those top staying handicaps, that carry so much prize money and he’s a thoroughly exciting and welcome addition to the MPR ranks.
Training Update: Operation MOSTLY CLOUDY, as our association will hopefully be known with this horse. We’re aiming to emulate the 5 wins from 8 runs that Gemma and her team achieved with their vastly improving horse Mostly Cloudy earlier this year. Fourth on his only run for the Niarchos family, we’re of the opinion that Highlighter needs to be stepped up in trip significantly, once we’ve earned a handicap mark. He’ll start off life over the Winter for us and will expand onto the turf in 2023. Thoroughly unexposed, he could still be anything.