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LIGHTENING PEARL BOWS OUT

Lightening Pearl Bows Out
Lightening Pearl Bows Out
Sporting Life

Lightening Pearl

Last year's Cheveley Park Stakes winner Lightening Pearl has been retired to the paddocks.

The filly gave trainer Ger Lyons and owner Sheikh Fahad their first Group One success but after disappointing at Leopardstown last night, the decision has been taken to draw stumps on her career.

With the limited programme for three-year-old sprinters, Lyons feels it is the right thing to do.

"She hasn't been giving us the vibes this year, which I was afraid of as her mum and her sister didn't train-on," said Lyons.

"She's very small and light and she won a Group One last season. I pushed David (Redvers, racing manager) to let'me run her last night as opposed to going to York to find out the inevitable - it was the right thing to do.

"There were no excuses ground wise, the ground was good to firm in the straight. She arrived there two-out if good enough, but she didn't show any signs of encouragement that she was in love with the job.

"She's won a Group One, you can draw a line through the Guineas because of what happened at the start, and you could persevere, but I don't see what she could achieve as a three-year-old filly. They are in no-man's land.

"I said we had nothing to achieve so we should put her out - her pedigree suggested she may not train on.

"She'll always hold a (special) place for'me. I trained Sheikh Fahad his first winner and also his first Group One winner and I hope it's the start of a long relationship.

"The Sheikh is very knowledgeable and sent'me a nice text last night thanking us."

Redvers added: "She was fairly disappointing last night and Ger feels that she has not grown an inch or put on a pound of weight since winning the Cheveley Park.

"We could no doubt find Listed races and Group Threes to win going forward but she owes us nothing. She gave Sheikh Fahad his first ever Group One winner, so we thought we'd stop with her now.

"It's a very difficult programme for three-year-old sprinters. We could have kept her in training for the Summer Stakes at York which was our plan, but unless she was going to reach Group One level, Sheikh Fahad doesn't see the point in carrying on. He'd rather have her as a lovely broodmare."

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