Bred by the late Stavros Niarchos' Flaxman Holdings and campaigned by the Niarchos family, Way of Light was the highweighted male on the 1998 French Free Handicap after winning the Grand Criterium (Fr-I) and running second in the Prix des Chenes Haras de la Perelle (Fr-III). He was group stakes-placed the following year, and was retired with two wins from 10 starts and earnings of $256,166. His dam, Salchow (by Nijinsky II), is a half-sister to five stakes winners, including champions Machiavellian and Coup de Genie, both by Mr. Prospector.
Vinery Australia will stand French champion Way of Light at its New South Wales base after being overwhelmed with inquiries for the services of the 4-year-old Mr. Prospector grandson. Way of Light's fee is $10,000 (Australian funds) this season. "Way of Light is an outstanding looking horse, and with the success of his own sire, Woodman, as well as Woodman's sons, Hector Protector and Timber Country, here in Australia I have no doubt Way of Light will make a real impact, too," said Vinery Australia general manager Peter Orton. "Woodman gets good-looking, commercial stock peppered with top performers, and Way of Light will emulate his success."