Set Alight Torches Grafton with New Track Record

10 02 2009

By Racing & Sports

(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) – Set Alight, a French Group winner imported to Australia as a stallion prospect who was waylaid in the midst of the Equine Influenza outbread, displayed an extraordinary turn of foot in shattering the track record at Grafton on Tuesday (February 10).

Now under the care of Gordon Yorke at Coffs Harbour, the well-bred son of Hennessy scored an easy win in the the Robbor Pty Ltd Open Hcp with Scott Thurlow in the saddle in a scintillating time of 1:22.15 for 1409m to set a new track record. 

What makes his effort even more impressive was the fact he shaved a full quarter of a second off the 1400m record while covering nine additional metres.

After breaking from the outside barrier, Thurlow found himself hung out extremely wide left with his only decision to either take the horse back or press on.  Fortunately for the connections of Set Alight, the veteran hoop asked his mount to accelerate and was able to secure a good position in third – some 5 lengths off dueling leaders.

Set Alight cruised himself up to the leaders and when asked by Thurlow, the six-year-old entire quicken away from the field for an easy win and a new track record.

Making his resurrection even more interesting is that Set Alight currently has six live foals on the ground after finding himself marooned on a Queensland farm with movement of mares halted during the EI crisis.

“We’re trying to get him back to Group status and now the Group 3 Healey Stakes Brisbane during the winter carnival is the target.” comment Yorke who now has two wins under his care (the first at 1200m at Coffs Harbour on January 11).

The no-nonsense conditioner comment, “It is starting to get exciting with this horse.”