Angelic Light retired
Oct 25, 2015
A year after her oh so close and gallant second to Lankan Rupee in the Group One Manikato Stakes, high class mare Angelic Light has succumbed to injury and been retired to stud.
Showing that she was back on target with a terrific third in the Moir Stakes a few weeks ago, Angelic Light unfortunately has had a previous tendon issue flare up - one that Robbie Griffiths thought he could get on top of for her next preparation.
However as a valuable six-year-old, her owners voted to retire her and she has already made her way to Widden Stud for a date with outstanding young stallion Sebring.
"I would like to have seen her through another campaign but she has been a terrific mare for all concerned, one of those horses who is very hard to find. She will be sadly missed for a multitude of reasons."
"I am very proud of her achievements and it is disappointing that she has been battling this injury because if she didn't have it she would be a Group One winner."
The winner of five of her 18 starts and over $700,000 in stakes, Angelic Light retires as a dual stakes winner of the Gr.2 Ian McEwan Stakes and the Listed William Crockett Stakes.
"33% of her runs were at Group level," Robbie said, adding that apart from her two black type victories she was also stakes placed on six occasions including Group One placings in the Manikato, the Moir and the Robert Sangster Stakes.
A daughter of Holy Roman Emperor bred by Northern Lodge Stud, Angelic Light had a large following with many keen to wish her the best for her future.
"Thanks for the memories Angel and good luck in your new career as a mum. I bet you will be awesome at that as well. A big thank you from the bottom of my hard to Robbie and Shiranee and to the staff and professionals who kept her tuned up to the athlete she was." Cheryl McCarthy
"I am excited to be part of her new life at Widden Stud but recognise what a loss this decision is for Griffiths Racing who have looked after here and delivered her great career. For that we are eternally grateful and saying thank you will never be enough. I am sure she will stamp her progeny and leave her legacy off the track too. What an amazing journey." Oliver Kysela
"Beautiful angel, you have given me so many wonderful memories and through you I have made some life-long friends. From beating Lankan Rupee to a great time with great people in Perth the memories don't stop there. I can't wait to see your little babies and all I can say is watch out Sebring. Thank you to everyone who made racing her so special." Sarah Moran
"Happy retirement to you Angel! I'm sure you are going to make beautiful fast babies and they will have as much attitude as you!" Jade Matthews