2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Field: Sunlight Draws Wide in 16

April 28, 2020

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Field: Sunlight Draws Wide in 16

Three-time Group 1 winner Sunlight has suffered an early blow drawing out wide in a capacity Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 field in Adelaide this weekend.

Sunlight. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Pre-post favourite Sunlight has drawn wide for Saturday’s 2020 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Elite level racing moves to Morphettville on Saturday and this season’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) offers a reduced $400,000 in prize money due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on Australian racing.

The lesser stakes has not reduced the class of this season’s Robert Sangster Stakes field however with a star-studded line-up of 16 fillies and mares plus two emergencies in the mix.

Pre-post favourite in Robert Sangster Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au, the Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Zoustar four-year-old Sunlight has work to do out in barrier 16.

She could come into 14 if the emergencies come out, jockey Barend Vorster again riding the $6.5 million earner after partnering her at the track last start when second to Black Caviar Lightning winner Gytrash on April 18 in the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m).

Sunlight presents fitter second-up in the Robert Sangster Stakes and will relish getting up over the 1200m distance that she won all three of her Group 1 titles over in Melbourne as a filly.

“The race looks to be put on for her. She’s just got to be on her game,” co-trainer Tony McEvoy todl the media this week.

“She’s fantastic. I’m really pleased with her.

“It looks like she has taken the natural improvement that she does from that first to second run.

“She has lightened off a little bit more which she needed to and she has worked really sharply since the race.

“I’m very, very happy with her.”

Drawn the opposite end of the field in barrier four is the incredible two-year-old, Away Game, continuing her outstanding juvenile season for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

The super tough daughter of Snitzel has been up since November winning a host of races including January’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

After a Golden Slipper second, she was last seen storming home at Randwick on April 11 to win the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) on a Heavy (8) track and carries just 47kg this weekend in her toughest test yet.

The Maher & Eustace operation are also represented in the race by the ultra-consistent four-year-old Bam’s On Fire who ran second in three Group races in Melbourne before her last start Caulfield win in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m).

Along with Away Game, the other youngest Robert Sangster Stakes contender this year is Godolphin-raced three-year-old Lyre.

Anthony Freedman’s Lonhro filly is looking for her first win since taking out the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old back in February last year.

It may have been some time since her last victory, but Lyre has been competitive in plenty since including her third in the Slipper of 2019.

This season she has had three runs for three top four efforts, her last start producing a fourth in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield behind William Thomas.

Second in that same race, Humma Humma also heads to Adelaide for Saturday’s Group 1 sprint, the John McArdle-trained Denman mare out in gate 11.

Other standout hopes include recent Group 1 The Galaxy winner I Am Excited (5) and Godolphin’s other representative Savatiano (9) looking to return to winning form.

Click here for the latest Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 13x53102x2 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 16 56.5kg 116
2 05x77x5215 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Dom Tourneur 5 56.5kg 112
3 x4101x1276 SAVATIANO James Cummings Jason Holder 9 56.5kg 111
4 2x41011x97 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller TBA 10 56.5kg 105
5 380x6011x3 TELEPLAY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Shayne Cahill 2 56.5kg 105
6 x332172221 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jake Toeroek 6 56.5kg 100
7 x21930x565 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ethan Brown 15 56.5kg 100
8 66x116x502 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle TBA 11 56.5kg 99
9 x4498x3328 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien John Allen 17 56.5kg 93
10 1510152×11 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Todd Pannell 13 56.5kg 93
11 1487124×29 AMBERDI Sue Jaensch Paul Gatt 8 56.5kg 90
12 40x6650x67 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken TBA 18 56.5kg 89
13 993×574212 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Ryan Hurdle 3 56.5kg 87
14 D2225x3130 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Mick Kluske Justin Potter 14 56.5kg 86
15 3x4274x244 LYRE Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 12 55kg 101
16 4111421 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Holland 4 47kg 94
17e 111x30x1 MYSTERY LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 7 56.5kg 85
18e 3951624215 KENYAN WONDER Ryan Balfour Caitlin Jones (a) 1 56.5kg 74

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