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Super Cyrlight makes it a perfect ten.

Byline: Desmond Stoneham

UNBEATEN Cyrlight gave owner Sean Mulryan a terrible fright before outclassing his rivals in the Group 3 Prix Orcada Steeplechase at Auteuil yesterday, writes Desmond Stoneham.

Now the winner of ten races, Cyrlight clambered through the big open ditch and had earlier made several other, less serious, mistakes. However, despite those mishaps Cyrlight, bought by Mulryan last March, still coasted past the post ten lengths clear of his rivals having made virtually all.

'Cyrlight really made my heart patter,' said Mulryan. 'He was in a class of his own, but a little fresh today.'

Cyrlight will run next in the Group 1 Prix Maurice Gillois at Auteuil on November 1, but plans thereafter have yet to be decided.

'After that I hope part of the plan will be to run in England and Ireland,' added Mulryan.

Trainer Arnaud Chaille-Chaille said: 'His error at the open ditch will teach him to pay more attention. The run will have done him a lot of good.'

Jockey Philippe Sourzac said: 'He took a very strong hold as he could hear a loose horse behind him. I had a problem to restrain him.'

Dean Gallagher restarted his career with Francois Doumen last month and their association bore fruit when the rider partnered the 25-1 shot Walk On Seas to win the Prix Le Parisien Listed handicap.

Gallagher said: 'He flew the last - that ensured victory.'
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 11, 2004
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