First-up after 1,225 days since his last race, Little White Cloud (by Dalakhani) claimed the Starlight Children’s Foundation Plate (2000m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day for owner Lloyd Williams.
The Emirates Melbourne Cup-winning stable of Robert Hickmott pulled off a masterstroke, as the lightly-raced 7yo son of Dalakhani found the front and didn’t relinquish it in the straight with Katelyn Mallyon giving it a super ride.
Stable rep Nick Williams said given the break – Little White Cloud last raced in the Group 1 Irish Derby in 2013 – he gave the horse no chance of winning on Saturday.
“They’ve done a great job at the farm conditioning him,” Williams said.
“I’ve got to say you could knock me over with a feather – I couldn’t possibly have thought he’d be ready to win today.
A stunning looking almost white gelding, Little White Cloud looks to be a serious horse to follow in the coming months.
He is also yet another reason why Dalakhani’s yearlings averaged $133k earlier this year and these trendy sorts are set to light up the sales rings again in 2017.