The Andre Fabre trained Earthlight has been retired to stud and becomes the second Godolphin colt in recent days to be stood down on track and the three year old will stand at Kildangan Stud in Ireland in 2021.
The Godolphin owned colt won seven of his nine events during his career including being a dual GroupOne winner in the Prix Morny and Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, breaking the track record in England.
He made his seasonal reappearance this term in the Listed Prix Kistena and picked up from where he left off last season, but after that lost his unbeaten record in the Prix Maurice De Gheest, finishing fourth of 11 in the Group One.
He went up to seven furlongs for the Group Three Prix du Pin and he got back to his best looking like a black type colt in lesser company, but again fell short for the second time this season when favourite for the Prix de la Foret and being narrowly beat by the three time consecutive winner One Master.
(Credit ATR) Godolphin’s Lisa-Jane Graffard told www.godolphin.com: “Earthlight has been the most wonderful horse to be around. He was far superior to his rivals at two, showing a decisive turn of foot in his two Group One wins, while his demeanour was always one of calm self-assurance.
“He has been a wonderful flagbearer for Godolphin, from a family that has been nurtured for generations, by the late Shamardal and out of a New Approach mare. He showed class and courage in his races and will be a great asset to the Darley stallion roster.”