Sunlight back in training

Sunlight is back in light training after a paddock accident delayed her initial return to the Tony and Calvin McEvoy yard.

A splint-bone injury on her near hind leg required surgery in December meaning the multiple Group One winning mare would not defend her Newmarket title at the beginning of March.

“Connections were pretty keen to go back to back in a Newmarket, but we will miss those early couple of races,” stated McEvoy Mitchell Racing’s Flemington Foreman Michael Shepherdson.

“It just might mean she will end up in Sydney for her main targets and then there is always the option and the dream of going to Royal Ascot with her as well.”

Surgery went without complication for the four-year-old mare who is making good progress in her recovery.

“It was a straightforward procedure which went well, she has been back in our Flemington stable for 2-3 weeks now.

“We have ramped up her rehabilitation and she is now performing light exercise with some daily walking.

“She seems to be enjoying it and she is in great condition and each week we will just progressively step up the intensity of her training from here on.”

Boxed alongside Sunlight at Flemington is last start Group One Winterbottom Stakes winner, Hey Doc, who is advancing nicely since returning from Perth.

His next assignment will be at Moonee Valley in the G2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at the end of this month.

“He is super we have just been ticking him over, he has regular trips to 13th Beach down at Barwon Heads and he is really enjoying working along the beach.

“He also had a jump out at Werribee last Tuesday where he just cruised along and I dare say we will take him to Moonee Valley for a breeze around there before he runs on the 24th.

“With Sunlight and Hey Doc boxed next to each other we have a happy little corner there at home.”

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