OASIS DREAM'S SHINE SO BRIGHT LIGHTS UP THE KNAVESMIRE
He prevailed by a nose in the City of York Stakes Gr.2 after a duel with multiple Gr.1 winner Laurens at York on Saturday.
Taken from the Thoroughbred Daily News 25th August 2019 by Tom Frary
Penalty or not, Laurens takes some denying but King Power Racing's Shine So Bright (OASIS DREAM) managed the feat by the slimmest margin in a dramatic speed duel in Saturday's City of York Stakes Gr.2. Getting seven pounds from the four-year-old due to a mixture of weight-for-age and the filly's Group 1 penalty, the 6-1 shot set off the faster of the pair and James Doyle kicked off the home turn to get some extra leverage. That proved crucial, with the 2-1 favourite unable to peg him back despite a huge effort which narrowly failed to come to fruition.
"He's like a pocket rocket," trainer Andrew Balding's wife Anna Lisa said. "He's not very big, but he's got a huge heart and he's astar. That was pretty impressive. James Doyle hadn't sat on him before and he said he really did give him a nice feel. It looks like seven is his trip."
Campaigned over five and six furlongs as a two-year-old, Shine So Bright left Karl Burke's stable to join his current yard after being sold at the Goffs London Sale and was third in the Richmond Stakes Gr.2. at Goodwood and this track's Gimcrack Stakes Gr.2. in August and in the Mill Reef Stakes Gr.2 at Newbury the following month.
Date: 26 August 2019