BRIGHT LIGHT (bay filly, 16 April 1949)
Considered the best of all Champions bred by Cyril de Bracey Barnard - "Mr. Trinidad Derby", with 4 victories as an owner - three bred at his Orange Hill Estate in St. Vincent; BRIGHT LIGHT was brilliant at 2 and 3, chalking up a number of Classic successes in both Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados where she campaigned.
By Burning Bow
out of Felicitas and thus full sister to Classic winners Happy Legend and Faerie Queene, BRIGHT LIGHT's career began at the Garrison Savannah, on August 9, 195 1, Third Day of the Barbados Turf Club's Summer Meeting, in the Nursery Stakes, when a one length runner -up to April's Dream.
A week later the Barnard flag bearer scored her maiden success. She missed the Autumn Meeting in November, and was sent to Trinidad for the big Christmas Meeting, with her main objective being the Breeders Stakes on Boxing Day, having not raced for some four months. At the Queen's Park Savannah, BRIGHT LIGHT was simply awesome, racing unbeaten in each of her four outings.
The daughter of Felicitas started off with a 2length win over Diarose in the Breeders Stakes, with Gallant Rock in third place.
On the Second Day she won the West Indian Produce Stakes over stable mate Cavalier; while Gallant Rock defeated an all-aged F Class bunch in the then prestigeous Anchor Cup, to frank the form.
BRIGHT LIGHT confirmed her superiority over the juveniles when twice defeating Gallant Rock in both of her subsequent efforts, giving the
talented colt 10lbs and 15lbs (carrying 133 lbs & 140 lbs), in her respective races. The Classifiers moved the filly from F I to C2 after this meeting, the biggest single promotion ever given to a juvenile creole on record.
BRIGHT LIGHT returned to competition at 3, when again defeating Gallant Rock by 5 lengths in the Easter Guineas at Union Park. She had also trounced the 'C' Class - Monro and Farren Star, at the said Easter Meeting, then headed to the Queen's
Park Savannah to contest the Second Leg of the Triple Crown - the Trial Stakes, which she won easily by 4 lengths from First Admiral. Another victory over First Admiral followed in the Barbados Derby Stakes at the Garrison, then it was back to Trinidad and on to the Arima Savannah, to win the Arima Derby Trial Stakes by 4 lengths from Jetsam's fine son Meditation.
At the 1952 Christmas Meeting, BRIGHT LIGHT
crowned a glorious season by taking the Trinidad Derby Stakes over arch-rivals Gallant Rock and First Admiral.
The effects of a hard season and travelling between the islands by boat must have taken its toll, as the filly was unplaced in her next two starts, both against the top class, in the Stewards Cup won by Footmark (1950 Derby winner), and the Imperial Handicap for the B & Cl horses won by Chandra.
At 4, BRIGHT LIGHT made seven trips to the starting tapes.
At the Easter Meeting she was a creditable fourth in the Leaseholds Plate (7F), for the A & B class won by Royal Windsor from Musketoon 11 and Astrion. Her lone success came that season on May 23, 1953 at the Garrison for the Coronation Meeting, scoring a fine victory in the Coronation Cup for nominated creoles when packing 134 lbs, and defeating the Barbados Guineas heroine Dunquerque (a daughter of
Belledune, 1943 Derby winner) who received 20 lbs. BRIGHT LIGHT swan song came on May 30 when runner up in the Princess Alice Handicap for the A & B Class, to the good mare Ardena, to whom she gave 5 lbs and was beaten a length.
The great Burning Bow filly entered the winner's circle 13 times from 25 outings, was placed 7 times, and earned $30,404.47. She won no less than six Classics at 2 & 3 in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados. At stud, BRIGHT LIGHT was quite
successful. Her first foal was Spy Ring by Spy Legend, winner of the 1957 Breeders Stakes, and Classic placed at 3 in the Easter Guineas, Trial Stakes and Trinidad Derby Stakes. In turn Spy Ring bred Ingrid B and Oropuna (winner to 'C' Class) the first creole to earn $ 1 00,000.00 in stakes in Trinidad and Tobago. BRIGHT LIGHT also produced Forest Bright, the leading juvenile of Barbados in 1964 and winner of the Barbados Guineas in 1965.
The Felicitas line, from which is descended yet another great Trinidad Derby winner Royal Visit, successful in 1969, has unfortunately not survived to the present day.