Sunlight has continued to thrive in Queensland, and is poised to frank her high rating in Magic Millions betting when she has a final tune-up at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
Trainer Tony McEvoy supervised a piece of work at Doomben on Wednesday and liked what he saw.
“She wasn’t sent out to do much,” McEvoy said. “I don’t need to change much. She just cruised around, she was quite casual, but used her action well, her ears were up, she was bright and she enjoyed it.”
Sunlight burst into Magic Millions calculations with a thumping 900m Gold Coast win on December 23. She goes to 1100m on Saturday, when rivals will include the highly-spruiked Waterhouse-Bott filly Terminology.
McEvoy believes she is set to peak on Magic Millions Day and expects Saturday’s race to top her off.
“I definitely need to run her,” he said. “She’s full and well. She’s really thrived up here so Saturday will clean her up really nicely. She will be spot on after this race.”
McEvoy makes no secret he holds Sunlight in the highest regard and said “it will take a smart horse to beat her” this weekend.
“She’s pretty good,” he said. “The first mistake she ever made in her life was (on debut at Flemington). She just didn’t want to relax and got a bit excited on the day.
“It cost her the race. She had those horses beat and she just emptied the last 100 yards and allowed them to pass her. I know she’s got a little bit left in the tank because this is not her grand final and this will peak her for the race we came here for.”
McEvoy is also pressing ahead to a Magic Millions start with Crockett, who flopped as a heavily-backed commodity in last Saturday’s B.J. McLachlan Stakes.
“I gave him a bit of work at Eagle Farm (Wednesday) and he’s as bright as a button,” the trainer said. “He just had a really bad day the other day. I think he melted a bit. It was a very hot day and colts can sometimes do that.
“He wasn’t there. We all have bad days and I’m happy just to put a line through it.”
McEvoy said a scope on the colt came back “as clean as a whistle” and he was just waiting on reports from blood tests he had taken.
“But my eye told me he’s perfect and I’m just going to put it down to one of those things,” he said. “I will put a tongue tie on him, I will put a set of blinkers on him. I’ll just trick around with his training a bit in the next 10 days just to stimulate him and we will be there for the big race.”
Sunlight was purchased by Blue Sky Bloodstock, Aquis Farm and trainer Tony McEvoy from the draft of Widden Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions Yearling Sale - pictured below as a yearling.
News, Nathan Exelby, Courier Mail