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Striker you star

The incredible racing career of champion female sprinter Striker Light has come to an end after a decision by connections this week to retire their star chaser.

The daughter of KC And All and Pretty Fancy finishes with the super record of 30 wins and 15 placings from 62 starts, including four fabulous Group victories over a career that spanned 22 months.

The black flash took out of one of the country’s premier races last year, winning the 2017 Golden Easter Egg weeks after a stunning all-the-way win over great rival Up Hill Jill in the Group 1 National Futurity. She added two more Group wins to her tally in 2018, defeating a hand-picked field in the Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows before a memorable win over Zoom Out in the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup.

Owned by George Farrugia and Kelly Bravo, Striker Light currently sits in 10th spot on Australia’s all-time prizemoney list, finishing with $702,360.

Trainer Brett Bravo said that while Striker Light will leave a gaping hole in the racing stocks at home, a new dawn beckons for the electrifying sprinter.

“We were hoping to get her ready for some of the bigger races for the spring for one last campaign, but a recent injury to a stopper bone made our decision a simple one. It is the end of an era, but she gave us one hell of a ride and we can now sit back and appreciate the enormity of her efforts on the racetrack,” said the Lovely Banks trainer, who remains in awe of her temperament.

“Her desire to chase and her will to win never waivered once. Even now she still wants to get out and compete, and I think that’s what made her so great. In a few of her wins she was in positions where she needed to drive and take a gap and she never hesitated,” added Bravo, who is excited by Striker Light’s prospects as a mother.

“KC And All has been a super sire here and she comes from an outstanding damline, and if she can throw her chase and speed into her pups we could be in for a lot of fun.”

And a possible mate for Bravo’s heroine?

“When she comes on season we’ve decided to take her to Black Magic Opal.”

Striker Light’s honour roll:

  • Made 19 Group finals, winning 4 (2017 G1 Golden Easter Egg, 2017 G1 National Futurity, 2018 G1 Temlee, 2018 G2 Warrnambool Cup) and placing in three (2017 G2 Warrnambool Cup, 2017 G1 Sapphire Crown, 2018 G1 Golden Easter Egg)
  • 2016-17 Victorian Sprinter of the Year and 2016-2017 Greyhound of the Year finalist 
  • 10th on all-time Australian prizemoney list
  • Made back-to-back Golden Easter Eggs, Temlees, Bendigo and Warrnambool Cups.
  • Won from every box
  • Went within .02 of Black Magic Opal’s first split record at Sandown Park

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