Gutsy Fresh Light gets deserved city win

Mar 15, 2013

A pair of throat operations and a lengthy preparation failed to stop Fresh Light posting his maiden city win in Friday’s Handicap (2040m) at Moonee Valley.

The gutsy gelding underwent unsuccessful throat surgery, which left him with difficulty eating and breathing but his owner was keen to rectify the situation even if racing became impossible.

“The first throat operation didn’t work so he went back again and the second one was successful,” Little said.

“When they go wrong, they don’t have the ability to chew their food properly and some of it gets down the wrong windpipe and gets into their lungs so they cough all the time.

“It’s not good, even if we wanted to retire the horse. The owner was good enough to say, ‘we can’t have that, we’ll operate again even if he never races’.”

Fresh Light has raced bravely throughout his career, finishing further back than fourth just twice in his 14 starts with wins at Sale and the Geelong Synthetic track to his name before his Moonee Valley success.

Leading rider Luke Nolen gave Fresh Light a cosy run for the first mile of the $50,000 race before working the four-year-old into the clear rounding the home turn.

Fresh Light quickened well when clear to post a 1-1/4-length win over Magical King and Fabriano, continuing his profitable campaign that began at Mornington on November 24 last year.

“This horse has been going a long time, about eight months, and he has actually had two throat operations so he’s done a good job to get back,” Little said.

“He’s a nice horse. I don’t think we’ll be talking about Melbourne Cups or anything but he’s a nice horse, very brave.

“He’s been going along time and he can’t keep going forever so we’ll see what we do with him.”

Congratulations to Fresh Light’s owners - Glenferrie Farm, Mr R M Herron.

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