Te Aroha Winning Treble - Speed of Light Very Speedy

Date: 17 Feb 2021

Te Aroha Winning Treble - Speed of Light Very Speedy


On a day she made her own, Danielle Johnson recorded her 1000th career victory and rounded out the programme with a fourth win aboard Speed of Light (3 f Proisir - Light Source, by Iffraaj) in the $10,000 Ecolab Maiden 1600 metres on 17 February at Te Aroha.


Having notched the milestone in race one aboard stable-mate Feelin' Fancy (Rip Van Winkle), Johnson went into overdrive to complete a treble in the tangerine on Seajetz (Iffraaj) and Speed of Light.

It was rare touch and exercised with ultimate precision aboard Speed of Light. A filly that although not totally flattering in the form line yet hardly put a foot wrong in five starts, Johnson had her coasting behind the leaders and after ranging to level on straightening she never yielded her slender advantage.

It was a brave win and typical of a rider whose confidence levels are sky high.

“We haven't had a lot of luck with her and it was a good tough win,” said trainer Jamie Richards. “She'd cost herself at the start, combined with inexperience, but in the hands of senior rider, earmuffs on, she was more settled in the barrier and got away cleanly.

“It was a 10 out of 10 ride by Danielle, which was a big help. I think the winning of the race, on a Dead6 track, was getting three off the fence at the 500m and before they started into the home straight. That was the right place to be. She cuddled her up and found a good kick.

“She handled the back-up well after racing a week ago at Matamata, and she's a tough sort of filly. It was a good effort by the team at the Uni Barn to present in winning order.”

After covering the 1600 metres in 1:39.7, Speed of Light paid $6.80 & $2.20 on the NZ TAB.

Owned by the Te Akau Leading Light Syndicate (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Speed of Light was purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $37,500 at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Fairdale Stud.

By Leading Second Season Sire Proisir (Choisir), she is from a young Iffraaj mare, along with dual Horse of the Year Melody Belle (Commands). Her dam, Light Source, is a half-sister to Karaka Million 2YO (Restricted Listed, 1200m) winner Ockham's Razor (Any Suggestion) and Bonecrusher Stakes (Listed, 1400m) winner and Group Three placed Jungle Juice (Jungle Pocket).

“She's been finding the line in most of her races and I'm thrilled for the really good bunch of people, including my wife Karyn, who own her,” Ellis said.

“Three years ago I went to Fairdale Stud and looked at their yearlings for the sale, and I bought Cool Aza Beel and Speed of Light. And the third one was Brando, who was passed in at the sale and I bought him at the Ready to Run Sale.

“They've all now won races, with a Champion Two-Year-Old (Cool Aza Beel), and a stakes winner and Group One placed colt (Brando) among them. So, that's a real credit to Duncan Fell and his team at Fairdale Stud. They go back three generations and have been a big part of the New Zealand racing industry.

“I also bought the mother, Light Source, at the sales off Rich Hill, and Fairdale bought her when we retired her to stud. These young Iffraaj mares are doing a really good job at stud, and he's proven to be a great all-round sire.

“Any day we go to the races and win three races, you've got to be very happy, and Speed of Light was extremely well ridden by Danielle (Johnson). It was a monumental day for her, to bring up 1000 wins and both she and Jamie (Richards) are doing such a great job in their respective premierships.”

Speed of Light was strapped by Hunter Durrant.


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