Juddmonte Farms


Shine So Bright (OASIS DREAM) looked promising when third in the Richmond Stakes Gr.2, Gimcrack Stakes Gr.2 and Mill Reef Stakes Gr.2 on his final three starts last year and a likely future pattern star when easily winning the European Free Handicap L.first time out in 2019.

Taken from the Irish Field, Saturday 31st August 2019, by Dr Sieglinde McGee

He finished sixth to Magna Grecia in the 2000 Guineas Gr.1 but was not seen out again until last Saturday when faced with the tough task of taking on the prolific Group 1 star Laurens in the Sky Bet City Of York Stakes Gr.2.

The Andrew Balding-trained grey made all, held on gamely to beat the filly by a nose and had five-year-old Cape Byron another two lengths behind in third. It was an excellent effort and achieved in course record time.

He holds an entry in the Prix de la Foret Gr.1 at ParisLongchamp in October, also over seven, and that looks like an ideal opportunity to see him move up another notch on his sire's roll of honour.

Shine So Bright is among 120 stakes winners (including 17 Group 1 stars) by Banstead Manor Stud's outstanding veteran Oasis Dream (by Green Desert) and he is yet another notable racehorse bred by Kirsten Rausing.

He is out of the 10-furlong Group 3 winner Alla Speranza (by Sir Percy), that mare's siblings include the pattern-placed, stakes-winning middle-distance filly Altesse (by Hernando), and they are out of Alvarita (by Selkirk), a 10-and-a-half-furlong listed scorer out of the dual Group 1 Champion Stakes heroine Alborada (by Alzao).

That star's full-sister Albanova was a triple Group 1 victress over 12 furlongs in Germany, and there are many other top horses who appear in the various branches of this famous family.

One might imagine that, with even just the above-mentioned horses on the page, the colt could prove best at anywhere from eight to 12 furlongs, yet seven appears to be ideal. Perhaps a mile will suit at four.

However, it is not the mystery that this may seem as he represents an Oasis Dream - Sir Percy cross.

Despite winning the Derby at Epsom in 2006, quite a few of Sir Percy's (by Mark Of Esteem) offspring show more of the speed of his sire (a brilliant miler who was out of an Ajdal mare) – speed that enabled him to crown an unbeaten juvenile championship season in the Dewhurst Stakes Gr.1 – than the stamina of his distaff side.

If you cross a stallion who can pass on either the 'speed' or 'stamina' gene with a mare who could have got either one from her sire, then the chance is there that you will get a horse like Shine So Bright.

It will be interesting to find out how good he will be at his peak and also to see how he might later fare as a stallion, should he earn that chance.

Date: 03 September 2019