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Light Fingers


Light Fingers was a New Zealand bred thoroughbred racehorse who won the Melbourne Cup in 1965.

The lightly built chestnut was by the highly successful sire of stayers, Le Filou, from Cuddlesome by Red Mars (GB), by Hyperion (GB). She was originally called Close Embrace in New Zealand, but the Australian registrar wouldn't allow that name to be used.

Trained by Bart Cummings, Light Fingers would become the first of 12 Melbourne Cup winners for the great man. On a visit to New Zealand, Cummimgs had tried to buy the filly, but was unsuccessful. He did however manage to lease the horse, which would go on to carry the greatest weight to victory, by a mare, to that date.

Roy Higgins rode Light Fingers in the majority of her big wins. The mare had the ability to win over 1000m (five furlongs) first-up after a spell, but could run out a strong 3200m (two miles). Roy "the professor" Higgins was quoted as saying after her Melbourne Cup victory, that as Light fingers and her stablemate Ziema worked together leading up to the 65 Cup, Higgins felt that when the mare ranged up along side the big striding Ziema, he seemed to take a look at her and turn it up.

Although Ziema took two lengths off Light Fingers in the last furlong of the Melbourne Cup, he couldn't pass the mare. Higgins went on to state. "In the last few strides, however, she seemed to sense that something extra was needed. I could feel her gathering herself and she fairly dived for the winning post. I only had to wave the whip at her. I didn't want to hit her. She was giving all she had."

Following her Melbourne Cup win, Light Fingers ran second to stablemate Galilee, one of the great stayers of the decade, in that race the following year.

Light Finger's feature wins were.

Melbourne Cup, VRC Oaks, AJC Oaks, Sandown Guineas, Wakeful Stakes, Edward Manifold Stakes, Sandown Cup, Craiglee Stakes, St. George Stakes.





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