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Sunlight Surpasses Her Sire Zoustar

Super filly Sunlight surpassed her outstanding young sire Zoustar when she recorded her second Group One win at Flemington in Saturday’s $1.25 million Newmarket Handicap.

Sunlight Surpasses Her Sire Zoustar

Super filly Sunlight surpassed her outstanding young sire Zoustar when she recorded her second Group One win at Flemington in Saturday’s $1.25 million Newmarket Handicap.

Sunlight wins the Newmarket
Sunlight wins the Newmarket Picture:Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images

She upstaged a fine field in the historic sprint to join the elite list of 3YO fillies to win a race long regarded as one of the toughest handicap events in Australia.

Sunlight Horseform emulated her sire when she beat the colts in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington in the spring and went to a higher level over the same course and distance in the Newmarket for her ninth win in 14 starts.


Zoustar Horseform is currently shuttling from Widden Stud to Tweenhills Stud in the UK with Sunlight the leader of his outstanding first crop.

Bred and sold by Widden Stud for $300,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Sunlight shot to prominence as a 2YO when she returned to the Gold Coast to win the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic before going on to finish third in the G1 Golden Slipper.

She has now won in excess of $3.8 million for her syndicate of all female owners connected to her investors that include Aquis Farm, McEvoy Mitchell Racing and Blue Sky Bloodstock.

Sunlight is one of three winners from the G3 winner Solar Charged, a Charge Forward half-sister to the Tasmanian Oaks winner Causeway Queen (Giant’s Causeway) and stakes-placed Brave Soul (More Than Ready).

Solar Charged is also the dam of the G3-placed Sheikha (Sebring) and the promising 2YO Sisstar, a $600,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase last year by McEvoy Mitchell Racing and David Redvers Bloodstock.

Widden Stud purchased Solar Charged, a winner of the Kindergarten Stakes and Thoroughbred Club Stakes, for $650,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale in partnership with Qatar Bloodstock.

Her current yearling colt by the late Sebring will be offered at next month’s Australian Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney. She produced a colt brother to Sunlight last spring.

Racing And Sports




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R6 FLEMINGTON 9 March 2019
Seppelt Wines Newmarket Hcp , 1200m
Race Synopsis: Sunlight loves Flemington, proved to be the best sprinter of her age here last November in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (registered as Ascot Vale Stakes) (Gr 1, 1200m) and stepped up with a decisive win against all-comers. She was one of the first away and shared the lead early and at the crossing. Jockey Barend Vorster looked over his shoulder hoping for cover but they were left in front at the 500m. She was headed briefly at the 300m but kicked to take the lead back at the 150m and had too much pace to the line, scoring comfortably by a length and a super win, her ninth in 14 starts, taking her earnings beyond $3.8 million. Osborne Bulls was buried among the last three at the crossing, started to tack on to the bunch at the 350m, saw daylight at the 200m then flew home to grab second a stride off the line. Brave Smash was wide and back at the crossing, sprinted hard from the 350m to be third at the 100m and kept going strongly to hold third. Graff joined in at the 300m, led briefly and kept going gamely to hold fourth.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
22. SUNLIGHT (AUS)
3yo Filly
TONY MCEVOY
BAREND VORSTER
50.5
$13.00
 
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - SOLAR CHARGED (AUS)
Mrs L Fung, Ms R C Parker, Mrs I E Mitchell, Mrs K L Thompson, Mrs R J Fletcher, Miss S R Fletcher, Miss J R Fletcher, Qatar Bloodstock (Mgr D Redvers) & G1g Racing & Breeding (Mgr: Mrs T L Vogel)
2nd  
4. OSBORNE BULLS (AUS)
5yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
HUGH BOWMAN
56.0
$4.25
 
STREET CRY (IRE) - JEREZANA (AUS)
Godolphin
3rd  
3. BRAVE SMASH (JPN)
6yo H
KRIS LEES
DAMIEN OLIVER
57.0
$26.00
 
TOSEN PHANTOM (JPN) - TOSEN SMASH (JPN)
 AQUIS FARM (MGR: S MCGRATH), GLENLOGAN PARK, G1G RACING & BREEDING, K CHANG, T LAU, P KWOK WAH, AUSTRALIAN BLOODSTOCK, POWER THOROUGHBREDS, A BROGAN, PLATINUM BREEDING & RACING, CARTY RACING, WALKER RACING & BLOODSTOCK, MOUNT HALLOWELL, D BUTCHER, G KAIROUZ, T BATES, DR GOEL, K DAVIS & BRAVE SMASH
4th  20. GRAFF (AUS)
3yo Colt
KRIS LEES
WILLIAM PIKE
51.0
$7.00
5th  2. SANTA ANA LANE (AUS)
6yo Gelding
ANTHONY FREEDMAN
BEN MELHAM
58.5
$12.00
6th  6. IN HER TIME (AUS)
6yo Mare
KRIS LEES
COREY BROWN
55.5
$9.00
7th  19. ENCRYPTION (AUS)
3yo Colt
JAMES CUMMINGS
MS RACHEL KING
51.0
$21.00
8th  12. CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES (AUS)
4yo Mare
BJORN BAKER
JAMIE KAH
52.0
$61.00
9th  9. BOOKER (AUS)
4yo Mare
MATHEW ELLERTON & SIMON ZAHRA
DEAN YENDALL
53.0
$26.00
10th  8. DOTHRAKI (AUS)
8yo Gelding
P & P SNOWDEN
DAMIAN LANE
54.5
$101.00
11th  16. I'LL HAVE A BIT (AUS)
4yo Mare
JOHN MCARDLE
BEN THOMPSON
52.0
$151.00
12th  11. BONS AWAY (AUS)
5yo Gelding
C MAHER & D EUSTACE
LINDA MEECH
52.0
$51.00
13th  15. GLENALL (AUS)
5yo H
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
DEAN HOLLAND
52.0
$201.00
14th  17. MISSROCK (AUS)
5yo Mare
ROBBIE LAING
STEPHEN BASTER
52.0
$101.00
15th  18. USAIN BOWLER (AUS)
4yo Gelding
JOHN SADLER
PATRICK MOLONEY
52.0
$101.00
16th  14. EDUARDO (AUS)
5yo Gelding
SARAH ZSCHOKE
BRIAN PARK
52.0
$6.00
17th  21. ZOUSAIN (AUS)
3yo Colt
CHRIS WALLER
CRAIG WILLIAMS
51.0
$15.00
18th  5. VOODOO LAD (AUS)
7yo Gelding
C MAHER & D EUSTACE
MARK ZAHRA
56.0
$101.00
19th  13. DIVINE QUALITY (AUS)
5yo Mare
ROBBIE GRIFFITHS
BEAU MERTENS
52.0
$101.00
20th  10. WHISPERING BROOK (AUS)
5yo Mare
SIMON A MILLER
JYE MC NEIL
52.5
$51.00
21st  1. REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)
8yo Gelding
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
LUKE NOLEN
58.5
$41.00
22nd  23. LEAN MEAN MACHINE (AUS)
3yo Colt
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL DEE
50.0
$41.00

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