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Kembla Grange horseman Kerry Parker is hoping to reignite the career of his six-year-old galloper Brilliant Light who will resume racing after a seven month spell in Saturday’s Civic Stakes 2012 at Rosehill Gardens.
The Fantastic Light six-year-old was last seen running 10th to the Gai Waterhouse-trained Kontiki Park at Warwick Farm in a 1400-metre handicap back on November 19.
It was their 12th straight loss in a winning drought that spans back to April of 2010 when Brilliant Light claimed their last turf triumph in the Listed Doncaster Prelude (1600m) at Royal Randwick which followed their narrow success over Centennial Park in the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) that March.
Third to Rangirangdoo in that year’s Doncaster Mile, they have failed to finish better than fourth since, including their dismal 16th of 17 in the 2011 Doncaster Mile run on a Heavy (10) and won by Sacred Choice.
On Saturday Parker plans to take them to Rosehill for the winter’s latest Sydney black-type, the $100,000 Listed Civic Stakes (1400m).
While very grounded over the chances of the horse winning the Civic Stakes, Parker is hoping to at least see the gelding display the zest for racing they once possessed before they were found to be suffering from a hoof infection.
“It was a deep-rooted infection which took a while to come out,” Parker said of the injury discovered at the end of their spring campaign last year.
“Whether that was the cause of his long time out of form I don’t know.
“It was so deep in his heel that he didn’t appear sore and he wasn’t lame but he wasn’t racing well.
“Until it got to the stage when we did find some soreness we didn’t know it was there.”
Brilliant Light gave Parker some hope earlier this month winning a Goulburn barrier trial over 800m by two and a half lengths.
Whether they can step up from that to 1400-metres first-up however is also worrying Parker.
“I would have preferred a 1200-metre race for him but there weren’t any suitable,” he said.
“He’s still a bit hard to place now although his rating has gone down a little.
“I really just want to see him find the line.”
In the Civic Stakes Brilliant Light will be ridden by Jay Ford, the jockey having ridden them for 17 of their 26 career starts to date including their Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Prelude double two years ago.
They are set to face plenty of talent too if the Civic Stakes nominations are anything to go by with the likes of multiple Group winning mare Lady Lynette and the Chris Waller-trained Tromso among the 14 early entries.
Nominations for the Civic Stakes have been extended by Racing NSW until 11:00am (AEST) today.
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