Zoustar’s first winner, Sunlight is Magic Millions bound!
It was all blue skies and sunshine for the exciting McEvoy filly, Sunlight when she easily broke free at the 100 metres to claim Zoustar’s first success as a sire today.
Run over 900 metres, the victory in the Early Bird GA Magic Millions Handicap has guaranteed the talented filly a start in the lucrative Magic Millions Classic on January 13th.
Piloted by Luke Currie, he controlled the race throughout before Sunlight was allowed to show her class in the home straight, racing away to win by an impressive five lengths.
Trainer Tony McEvoy was thrilled post-race, as he looks towards the rewarding January carnival.
“She is a very exciting, special filly that ticked some big KPI’s there today.
Her times were brilliant; She broke a fifteen-year-old record, home in an outstanding 32.20 seconds. She won by a space, without getting extended.”
“That’s what she didn’t do at Flemington, as down the straight she just didn’t utilise her oxygen well, whereas today, she was able to get into a beautiful rhythm, it was lovely to watch,” McEvoy said.
Following her convincing win on the Gold Coast track, she will now have a definite advantage over any late arrivals to the Sunshine state.
“She flew up about three weeks ago and has settled in beautifully. She will almost have a “home track” advantage when she runs in the Magic’s.”
“She is a lovely filly, and although she can be feisty and a bit sassy, it is exactly how we like our girls.”
“Being a big filly, we will run her again over 1100m the week before the Magic’s. It will suit her perfectly to back up seven days later and it’s what the winners have done the last two years,” McEvoy said referring to last year’s Magic Millions winner Houtzen and 2015 winner Le Chef.
“We needed more prize money for Sunlight to qualify and now we have it. We won’t be changing anything before the race, and I don’t think the owners want to change anything either – including the margin.”
“The local horse, Ef Troop, has created a big impression and although he may be favourite now, I think we will start favourite on raceday.”
Zoustar will no doubt create quite the buzz on the Coast this year; not only through Sunlight, but also by being exceptionally well represented with 23 yearlings in the upcoming Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
Woodside Park Stud’s Sam Fairgray is looking forward to January and expects to be flat out during inspections with the terrific Zoustar’s they will have on offer.
“The large number of Zoustar’s accepted into the Magic Millions prove how as a sire he can consistently leave an exceptional type of yearling.”
“Once again this year he was very well supported by breeders, and being his fourth year at stud, the breeders are now starting to see the rewards. Sunlight will be the first of many victories on the track to come,” Fairgray said.
“We have five Zoustar’s in our draft, four colts and a filly, and I believe they will all be right up there; selling in the top 25% overall.”
“Our standout yearling is Lot 833, out of Invested Capital. He is a lovey colt that oozes quality. Beautifully balanced, with a great head, he will be super popular at the sales with the buying bench.”
“Sunlight has come at the right time, and as she will run the week before the feature raceday, with the sale inspections in full swing, she will generate plenty of positive interest.”
Sunlight was a $300,000 purchase for McEvoy at the Magic Millions Yearling Sales earlier this year, and he will no doubt be keen to inspect the other outstanding Zoustar yearlings on offer at the 2018 sale.
Woodside Park Stud’s shuttle partner, Widden, is offering sunlight’s full sister. Zoustar covered her dam, Solar Charged again this season.
Zoustar’s shuttle arrangements between both Woodside Park Stud and Widden, allow the popular stallion greater access to both breeders across both sates, reaching a large demographic of well-performed mares.
“It is crucial that Victorian breeders to have access to Zoustar, as they are a important part of helping him maintain the top class books of mares that he covers.”
And the weather forecast for the January Magic Millions carnival?
Hot, clear, blue skies, with plenty of Sunlight.