Sun­light is shin­ing as she pre­pares for the Light­ning

The Sportsman Midweek - - News - MATHEW TOO­GOOD

STAR filly Sun­light is build­ing up to­wards her first ma­jor tar­get of the year.

This time last year, Sun­light was bask­ing in the glory of a dom­i­nant win $2 mil­lion Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic at the Gold Coast.

The Tony McEvoy-trained sprinter has gone on with the job as a three-year- old, de­feat­ing a num­ber of high-pro­file colts to land her first Group 1 win in the Cool­more Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flem­ing­ton in Novem­ber the end of an in­ter­rupted spring.

After spell­ing in South Aus­tralia and do­ing pre­lim­i­nary work at McEvoy’s An­gas­ton base, Sun­light has been back in the trainer’s Mel­bourne stable at Flem­ing­ton for about three weeks build­ing to­wards a re­turn in the Group 1 Light­ning Stakes.

The weight-for-age Light­ning (1000m) is at Flem­ing­ton on Fe­bru­ary 16 and McEvoy’s Mel­bourne stable fore­man Michael Shep­herd­son has been thrilled by the way the filly re­turned.

“She seems ex­actly the same as she was in spring,” Shep­herd­son said.

“She is do­ing some con­di­tion­ing gal­lop­ing at the mo­ment and the plan is to run her in the Light­ning into the New­mar­ket Hand­i­cap.

“She’s got nice soft cover on her and she’s mov­ing well.

“She looks like she did in the spring.

“Even though wasn’t out for a long time she re­ally flour­ishes when does get the op­por­tu­nity to go out.”

Sun­light is one of two fil­lies from the McEvoy stable who claimed Group 1 wins dur­ing the spring, the other be­ing Flight Stakes win­ner Oo­hood who is also back in Mel­bourne stable pre­par­ing for her re­turn to rac­ing.

“Oo­hood has re­ally ma­tured,” Shep­herd­son said. “She is in for a big prepa­ra­tion. “She’s at the same gal­lop­ing stage as Sun­light.

“So in next week we’ll start to gal­lop them a bit quicker and start to tighten the screws a bit.”

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