Tony McEvoy has announced Group 1 plans for Sunlight after his star filly overcame a tough run in transit to win the G3 Quezette Stakes (1100m).
A $300,000 buy for Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions, she had been beaten first-up at Morphettville but bounced back to winning form at Caulfield on Saturday.
"She sat three-deep into the wind carrying a weight penalty. It was a fantastic win," McEvoy said. “A pretty handy horse (Nature Strip) beat her in Adelaide and she had a good blow after that race. But she was in for the fight today.”
Sunlight (3f Zoustar - Solar Charged by Charge Forward) won the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic for an Aquis Farm syndicate in January and then filled a placed in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes.
There’s another seven-figure target looming in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 3. “I’ve left plenty in the tank off a light prep for the carnival," McEvoy revealed. "That fitted with what I wanted because it takes a bit of work to get her fit.”
Sugar Sizzle (Sizzling) is another in-form 3yo filly for Blue Sky and Aquis Farm. She was a $55,000 graduate from the Magic Millions and won at Gatton before giving trainer Angela Plumb her first city win at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Sugar Sizzle pictured with (L-R) Lyle, Janet, Angela and Ryan Plumb
“It’s awesome to win for my sister,” jockey Ryan Plumb said. “Sugar Sizzle is leased off Aquis Farm by a heap of long-time family friends, which makes it even better.”
The weekend double followed an award-winning evening for Blue Sky’s Julian Blaxland at the NSW Night of Champions on Thursday when Prompt Response was crowned Inglis Queen Of The Autumn.
Blaxland and the mare’s co-trainer Adrian Bott accepted the award on behalf of part-owners Ron Hamer and Emmanuel Bloodstock. Prompt Response (Beneteau) clinched the silverware for winning the G2 Emancipation Stakes at Rosehill in March and she franked that form with a last-start victory in the G1 Tatt’s Tiara at Doomben in June.
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