Quezette Stakes winner Sunlight aims at Coolmore Stud Stakes

August 18, 2018

Quezette Stakes winner Sunlight aims at Coolmore Stud Stakes

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.

Sunlight, above in white colours with stars, scored a gutsy win in the Quezette Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Sunlight, above in white colours with stars, scored a gutsy win in the Quezette Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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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