Ambitious Royal Ascot Plan For Sunlight

Sunlight will be aimed at running on two of the five days of the Royal Ascot carnival with trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy unveiling an ambitious autumn campaign for their star sprinter.

The McEvoys plan to run Sunlight in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day of the Royal Ascot carnival and, if all goes to plan, she will be quickly backed up into the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes just four days later.

Calvin McEvoy said on Friday it was likely the daughter of Zoustar would return in the G3 RN Irwin Stakes on April 11 at Morphettville and then go to the G1 Sangster Stakes before jetting to England.

“It is very exciting. Everyone is looking for a horse that can take them overseas and we are very lucky that we could have two (Sunlight and Dubai-bound Hey Doc) potentially going over there with live chances,” McEvoy said.

“It would be a great experience for not only us but, (jockey) Luke (Currie), the owners and the staff. It would be a great experience if it all comes off.”

McEvoy said he is thrilled with the way Sunlight has returned after a splint-bone injury which required surgery in December.

That setback forced connections to rethink her autumn campaign, putting Royal Ascot on the table.

“She’s been back here at Flemington, she has just been cantering, she’s still in the early stages, but she looks like she is really enjoying herself,” McEvoy said.

“She was very fresh last week, we’ve upped her work a little bit which she has enjoyed. Physically she looks incredible, she looks like she’s been in work for a long time. Her skin is so healthy and well, so she is on the right track.”


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