Sunlight’s $2.6m Sister Wins On Debut

Clean Energy has a long way to go before she wins back her $2.6 million purchase price, but the full sister to Sunlight made the best-possible start to her career by winning dominantly at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the Yulong-owned filly was the second-most-expensive yearling purchase of 2023, but was a late bloomer compared to Sunlight, who raced seven times and won $2.1m as a juvenile.

She was heavily backed into $3.30 for her 1000-metre debut and travelled comfortably throughout, leading into the home turn under a hold from Adam Hyeronimus.

Once Clean Energy was asked for an effort, the race was over bar the fanfare, with the royally bred youngster bounding clear for a two-length victory.

Bott was delighted with the comfortable win, but with Wednesday’s track rated a Heavy 10, he says there is a lot more under the hood.

“I just wanted to give her a nice experience, obviously with the Heavy 10 today that was a variable we didn’t necessarily anticipate,” he said.

“I don’t think we were able to see her best there today, I think she’s still a filly that’s better on top of the ground.

“But we just backed her class, knowing that there was plenty of depth there to get the job done.”

Clean Energy will now go straight to Listed level, with a trip to either Scone or Queensland beckoning, though the latter is slightly more likely at this stage.

“Scone could be a potential; it may just be a quick turnaround for the Woodland Stakes,” Bott said.

“But we did have a two-year-old fillies race picked out for her in Queensland, the Carter Stakes in two-and-a-half weeks.

“So that’s the most likely option we’ll look at if we want to get some two-year-old form … we’ll get a season of experience because no doubt there’s going to be a lot more to see in the spring from her.”


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