Hidden Light Shines Bright

American mare Hidden Light, a dual G1 Oaks winner in her native land, was much in the limelight in Australia last weekend. Her son Artie Schiller, winner of the G1 Breeder’s Cup Mile in 2005, sired two big race winners as Laser Hawk won the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas, Big Chill the Gr3 Breeder’s S.

Hidden Light has a half sister to Artie Schiller at stud in South Africa. She’s Our Table Mountain, a stakes winner of six races when trained by Joey Ramsden, owned by the Beck family. The mare is a daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus. Her first foal, a filly by Spectrum named Careful Hiker, is a current 2yo in training with Joey Ramsden.

Our Table Mountain’s second foal Helderberg Blue, a colt by Jet Master, was bought for R2.8 million by Mike Bass at the 2012 Cape Premier Sale. Her third foal Our Icon is a Dynasty colt, who’s just been weaned. The mare is presently in foal to Silvano.

Given Artie Schiller’s success as a stallion, hopes are high for her young sons by South Africa’s leading stallions– if they run, they’re sure to be given a chance at stud, too. The female line traces to the mare Vagrancy, leader of her generation at the track together with a close relative, Miss Dogwood. Vagrancy’s branch of the family produced successful sire Elusive Quality, Miss Dogwood’s line went to Mr Prospector.

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