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Two year old Magic Millions victor Sunlight was back in winning form with a gutsy performance to take out the Group 3 $150,000 Winslow Group Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield today.
Winning trainer Tony McEvoy said that he would keep Sunlight to a sprinting campaign during the 2018 Spring Carnival and will set the filly for the Group 2 $200,000 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 15 before lining up in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) down the Flemington straight again on November 3.
“She is a super star filly,” McEvoy said.
“The Coolmore is the race we want.”
“It’s still a long way off. We are not in a rush. We will probably go to the Danehill now to have a look down the straight.”
Sunlight was beaten six lengths when a first up second to Nature Strip but McEvoy wasn’t disappointed with the effort.
“We went in on a light prep into that first race but it fitted with where I wanted to go with her and knowing her as well as I do, it takes a bit of work to get her fit this girl.”
“She just blew out a little bit in Adelaide by a pretty handy horse but today the way she was in for the fight, she’s the Sunlight of old for sure.”
“She’s blown up a little and she’s only going to get better. Three-deep facing that wind and carrying the (weight) penalty. It was fabulous.”
Luke Currie had Sunlight ($4.20) in the firing line from the onset and the Zoustar filly dug deep in the straight to hold off the challengers to score a nose win over Humma ($8) with Thrillster ($17) in third position.
The $3.80 favourite Pippie raced on the pace but didn’t figure in the finish before winding up in seventh spot.
Quezette Stakes Results
|1||1||SUNLIGHT||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||3||58.5kg||$4.20|
|2||8||HUMMA HUMMA||John McArdle||Jamie Mott||0.1L||10||55kg||$8|
|3||2||THRILLSTER||Leon & Troy Corstens||Noel Callow||0.85L||16||57.5kg||$17|
|4||6||QAFILA||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||1.05L||7||56.5kg||$15|
|5||14||FIDELIA||Robbie Griffiths||Jye McNeil||1.15L||14||55kg||$12|
|6||18e||GOLDEN HALO||Darren Weir||Ben Allen (a)||1.65L||5||55kg||$81|
|7||10||PIPPIE||Chris Meagher||Ben Melham||2.05L||9||55kg||$3.80F|
|8||9||WRITE ENUFF||Ken Keys||Craig Williams||2.35L||11||55kg||$20|
|9||4||KHULAASA||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||4.1L||15||57.5kg||$31|
|10||16||CAUSEWAY GIRL||Clinton McDonald||Damien Thornton||4.2L||13||55kg||$17|
|11||5||ENNIS HILL||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||4.3L||6||57.5kg||$31|
|12||7||WITHERSPOON||Brad Widdup||Regan Bayliss||4.5L||8||55kg||$14|
|13||17e||CASADIVA||Brent Stanley||Michael Walker||5L||2||55kg||$41|
|14||12||SUNDARBANS (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James Winks||5.5L||12||55kg||$61|
|15||15||GRAND WISH||David Brideoake||Andrew Mallyon||6.75L||4||55kg||$151|
|16||11||RAY’S DREAM||John McArdle||Luke Nolen||9L||1||55kg||$71|
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