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Group 1 winning filly Sunlight is ready to shine when she resumes in the Group 1 $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) down the Flemington straight on Saturday.

Sunlight, above in white colours, is set to resume in the 2019 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sunlight, above in white colours, is set to resume in the 2019 Black Caviar Lightning at Flemington. Photo by Steve Hart.

Sunlight has been installed as one of the early favourites for the Black Caviar Lightning at Ladbrokes.com.au and trainer Tony McEvoy said that the Zoustar filly is primed to run a mighty race.

A win in a recent 800m Werribee jump out by Sunlight has boosted the confidence of McEvoy for the filly’s return to the race track.

“She’s here to win for sure,” McEvoy told Racing.com on Tuesday.

“She’s come off that Werribee trial in great order and a couple of gallops since then at Flemington have been sharp and she’s pulling up really well.

“She had a nice strong piece of work (on Tuesday) and the thing I really loved was her action, she stretched out beautifully.

“She’s more forward this time than she was first up last prep when we ran second to Nature Strip, much more forward.

“Because of her style and her shape she will improve out of Saturday but I’m very comfortable with where she’s at going into the Lightning Stakes.”

Sunlight has already shown she is at home down the Flemington straight with a last start win in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on the first day of the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Sunlight is one of fifteen sprinters nominated for the Black Caviar Lightning and in early betting at Ladbrokes.com.au the filly is on the second line of betting at $4.60 behind the $4.40 favourite Graff from the Kris Lees stable.

The James Cummings trainer Osborne Bulls is also well fancied in the betting at $5 just ahead of Graff’s stablemate In Her Time at $6.

Early betting for the 2019 Black Caviar Lightning at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.40 Graff, $4.60 Sunlight, $5 Osborne Bulls, $6 In Her Time, $7 Zousain, $9 Lean Mean Machine, $12 Eduardo, Jedastar, $13 Written By, $18 Divine Quality, $31 Usain Bowler, $41 Chauffeur, $51 Glennall, $61 Battle Hero, $81 Missrock.

Nominations for the 2019 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 113x21171x SUNLIGHT F 3 Tony McEvoy 1 53.5kg 108
2 2x139x372x IN HER TIME M 6 Kris Lees 2 56.5kg 113
3 3121x1531x OSBORNE BULLS G 5 James Cummings 3 58.5kg 111
4 1114x114x2 WRITTEN BY C 3 Grahame Begg 4 55.5kg 104
5 820×370945 MISSROCK M 5 Robbie Laing 5 56.5kg 99
6 11x1235x GRAFF C 3 Kris Lees 6 55.5kg 98
7 46122x422x ZOUSAIN C 3 Chris Waller 7 55.5kg 106
8 13310x153x LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 3 Chris Waller 8 55.5kg 99
9 x222274x1x DIVINE QUALITY M 5 Robbie Griffiths 9 56.5kg 98
10 11x221x EDUARDO G 5 Sarah Zschoke 10 58.5kg 99
11 6x1211125x BATTLE HERO G 7 Chris Gangemi 11 58.5kg 106
12 667x00x6x1 CHAUFFEUR H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 58.5kg 92
13 2x020164x2 GLENALL H 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 58.5kg 96
14 x93186x315 USAIN BOWLER G 4 John Sadler 14 58.5kg 78
15 12 JEDASTAR F 2 Lloyd Kennewell 15 44kg 72

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.