Sunlight retired

Champion mare Sunlight has been retired and the Group 1 sprinter will be sold as a breeding prospect in July.

A triple Group 1 winner and earner of over $6.5 million the four-year-old daughter of Zoustar was crowned the Champion 3YO Filly of Australia for the 2018-19 racing season having consistently raced in the country's biggest sprint races.

At two Sunlight was third to Estijaab in the 2018 Group 1 Golden Slipper over 1200m at Rosehill. At three Sunlight beat the colts in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes over 1200m at Flemingon before going forward to win the 2019 Group 1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m, also at Flemington. The filly then won the the Group 1 William Reid Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley before finishing third to Santa Ana Lane in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick.

Sunlight, out of the Charge Forward mare Solar Charge, won 11 races, nine at stakes level, and she was three times Group 1 placed.

Sunlight is owned by Robyn Parker, Irene Mitchell, Loretta Fung (Aquis Farm), Katie Thompson (Widden Stud), Rae, Shannon and Jordan Fletcher (Telemon Thoroughbreds), Qatar Bloodstock and G1G Racing & Breeding. 

Co-trainer Tony McEvoy, who selected Sunlight at the 2017 Gold Coast Yearling Sale for an all female syndicate, said it had been a privilege to train Sunlight.

"What a great mare," McEvoy said. "As a racehorse she had it all - a great attitude, honesty, temperament - but perhaps most importantly a toughness, which you need to be successful in any walk of life."

"She had magnificent soundness which enabled us to travel her around Australia and perform at the top level."

Sunlight winning the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington, picture