Sunlight Cements Slipper Favoritism

In Bloodstock & Breeding, Thoroughbred Racing by Ben Ready

Sunlight, the Zoustar filly co-owned by Aquis owner Tony Fung’s wife Loretta, has cemented her place as the favorite for the Gold Slipper, with a sparkling win in the Group III Magic Night Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.

A $300,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Widden Stud draft for Aquis/McEvoy Mitchell Racing/Blue Sky Bloodstock, Sunlight advances her overall record to five wins (including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic above) and a third from six starts with earnings of $1.5 million.

The Tony McEvoy trained filly showed brilliant speed from the gate to lead under Luke Currie and kept up a good gallop to win the 1200 metre dash by a length and a quarter.

“She was really good,” Currie said. “She was fast, a bit on the fresh side so that should take that edge off her heading into next week.

“We went pretty quick through the middle stages and did get a bit tired late but I think she was entitled to.

“She’ll be hard to beat next week.”

“I factored this race into her preparation like we did backing her up into the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast,” McEvoy said.

“We just have to hold her together for the next seven days. It is very, very exciting for us.

“The thing we’ve come to learn with this filly is she is tough.I wish I had some more of them.

“She is a beauty.”

Bred in partnership by Widden Stud, Sunlight runs for a syndicate that includes Mrs Fung of Aquis and is a half-sister to Group III placed Sheikha and is the third winner from former speedy filly Solar Charged, winner of the Group III ATC Kindergarten Stakes at her second start.