Special Light shining brightly

Special Light (Sam Collett) showing plenty of heart to complete a hat trick of wins at Ellerslie yesterday.

Special Light’s will to win was well-illustrated again at Ellerslie yesterday.

The Cambridge mare owned by Brent, Cherry and Faith Taylor completed a hat trick of wins in courageous fashion in the Vertical Logistics 2100 in the hands of Sam Collett.

It took the daughter of Redoute’s Choice until her eighth start to quit maiden ranks, but she has come into her own since being stepped up over ground.

Her first glimpse of form was a couple of fourths when stepped out over 1600 metres at Hastings and she followed up with a second over 1800m at Taupo and a closer second over 1950m at Rotorua on January 16 before she broke through for her first win when fighting tenaciously after leading to kick back and win by a head over 2200m at Hastings later that month.

Collett climbed aboard for the first time when she repeated the effort with a win over 2100m at Ellerslie last month and Collett put the pressure on her rivals yesterday after taking her to the front and rating her nicely.

Special Light was holding her other rivals at bay when the Frank Ritchie-trained Fiscal Fantasy came at her strongly inside the final 50m, but she refused to give in and kept giving to score by a long head.

It was a performance which should cause trainer Tony Pike to lift the bar even higher with the promising stayer.

Maybe the Listed $50,000 Hawke’s Bay Cup (2200m) at Hastings on April 13 could be a realistic target for Special Light.