Star filly Sunlight lived up to her favouritism with a dominant win in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January, giving Aquis Farm an extraordinary start to 2018 and some well-earned return for its investment in Queensland racing.
The Tony McEvoy-trained filly entered the race as the $3.90 favourite with jockey Luke Currie surviving a collision with Ef Troop at the 200m mark to win by two lengths to Fullazaboot and Outback Barbie at Aquis Park.
The Zoustar filly, a $300,000 purchase, is the most expensive horse to ever win the race.
Aquis Farm has a strong interest in Sunlight with Loretta Fung, the wife of Aquis Farm’s owner Tony Fung, holding shares along with seven other women.
The all-female ownership group ensured that Sunlight picked up a $325,000 bonus as part of the $500,000 Racing Women’s bonus that is attached to the main event.
The syndicate is headed by Melbourne women Robyn Parker and includes Irene Mitchell, Loretta Fung, Englishwoman Hannah Wall as well as Katie Thompson from Widden Stud.
Mrs Fung also had shares in two horses in the race with the other, Secret Lady, finishing sixth, picking up a further bonus as the second all-female owned horse home in the race.
Sunlight is now the $6 outright Slipper favourite.
“I was a bit worried at the 200m mark and then once she found that second gear it was all over,” Aquis Farm CEO Shane McGrath said.
“It is a terrific result for the Farm, for Tony and Loretta and a moment we will all remember for a long time.”