McEvoy maps Slipper path for Sunlight

Trainer Tony McEvoy meticulously mapped out a plan which came to fruition in Saturday’s $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic over 1200m at the Gold Coast and he is now setting his sights on the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill in March for his winner Sunlight.

The filly was an emphatic winner in the feature juvenile race and now the Angaston trainer is in the process of working out how to get the daughter of Zoustar to peak again at Rosehill in March for the world’s richest juvenile race.

“It is really difficult to get any horse, let alone these young horses, to peak again,” McEvoy explained on RSN’s Correct Weight program.

“But we’ve got ten weeks to the Golden Slipper and we are now planning how to do that.

“I think I’ll keep her in Sydney, I won’t take her back home because it’s a lot of travel for a young horse.

“So at the moment I’m just going to have a look at a farm in Sydney and at the facilities and see if I can leave her there, we’ve got plenty of time.”

Sunlight and Luke Currie have left the rest behind in the MM 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast, picture

McEvoy admitted he was worried that Sunlight would return to the mounting yard battered after suffering interference by Matthew McGillivray aboard Ef Troop early in the race, but explained she’s come through the roughhouse affair in great order and credited Luke Currie’s ride for making that happen.

“She’s come through it amazingly well,” said McEvoy.

“When you looked at that overhead vision you saw there was not room for two horses inside of Ef Troop and I thought to myself one of these horses are going to be stripped really badly.

“But thank God she’s come back to us with only a couple of little tiny nicks that are pretty minor and no problems at all.

“Full credit to Luke Currie and his courage and his decision-making process in that early stage to get up in there and hold his spot, I think that won us the race.”

McEvoy was highly active on each day of the Magic Million Yearling Sale through the week and in total added 24 new horses to his stable – including the full sister to Sunlight for which he paid $600,000 – and believes he has bought the stock to go back-to-back in the 2YO Classic.

“I think [the full sister to Sunlight] is good shopping now, you’d think you would have to add two or three hundred thousand dollars to her value just on what we saw yesterday,” McEvoy stated.

“It’s been a very busy week, I thought the quality of this sale was absolutely outstanding.

“We bought up very strong, we bought 24 beautiful young horses and I think I’ve really set myself up to win the race again next year.”