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Epsom Rewind: Light Shift’s finest hour in the 2007 Oaks

Sir Henry Cecil’s Light Shift produced her greatest performance in the 229th renewal of The Oaks



Light Shift and Ted Durcan wins the 2007 OaksOaks with

The late Sir Henry Cecil was renowned for his mastery and success in the flat racing world, but even the great trainer himself hit a dry patch in landing success in the British Classics.

The ten-time Champion Trainer went seven years without a Classic victory, which came to an end thanks to an unlikely source in the 2007 edition of The Oaks.

Following her win in the Listed Cheshire Oaks, Light Shift was entered as the second string of the Newmarket trainer behind race favourite Passage Of Time.

Sir Henry Cecil at Newbury in 2012
Sir Henry Cecil landed his 24th British Classic success with Light Shift

The 13/2 shot was held up in midfield for most of the contest before starting to make headway with four furlongs remaining.

The filly found herself in fourth when entering the home straight, travelling well with three furlongs left to go.


Jockey Ted Durcan kicked her on and Light Shift responded, pulling clear of the faltering All My Loving.

An epic battle between two powerhouse stables ensured, with Aidan O’Brien’s Peeping Fawn producing a burst of speed to present a challenge to Cecil’s filly.

But Light Shift found extra and held off the advances of the daughter of Danehill to win by half a length.

It would the last time the three-year-old would head to the winners’ enclosure, as she would only race three more times before being retired at the end of the season.

Did you know? Light Shift foaled the popular 2017 Coral-Eclipse winner Ulysses.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.