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Brilliant South Australian filly Sunlight is set to challenge local colt Ef Troop for favouritism in the lead up to Saturday’s $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

Jockey Luke Currie, above, was aboard Sunlight for her two wins at the Gold Coast. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Jockey Luke Currie, above, was aboard Sunlight for her two wins at the Gold Coast. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Tony McEvoy trained Sunlight was very impressive in scoring a four and a half lengths win in an 1100m two year old handicap at the Gold Coast last Saturday and is currently on the second line of betting at $4.20 for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Brisbane’s leading trainer Tony Gollan rounded off Ef Troop’s Magic Millions preparation with ab effortless win in an 800m Eagle Farm jump out and the undefeated Spirit Of Boom youngster holds the top spot in the betting at $4.

McEvoy was very happy with the way that Sunlight has come through her win last Saturday which made it two wins from two starts on the tricky Gold Coast track after winning over 900m against the two year olds on December 23.

“She almost ate all her dinner on Saturday and she was lovely and bright having a walk (Sunday) morning,” McEvoy told The Courier-Mail.

“Her job’s all done now. I felt I was just a little bit behind her all the way through and that’s why I wanted to run her again.”

“When she returned to the stall she was extremely composed, lungs were fantastic and that clearly told me she’s in a beautiful place. We don’t need to change her now at all. She will be just going to the beach and having a light canter week just to get to the race.”

McEvoy added that Sunlight still has some improvement left in her and expects the Zoustar Star filly to peak on Magic Millions Day.

“She has continued to improve and I think she will get better again,” McEvoy said.

Sunlight’s only other run saw her run third in the Listed $120,000 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on October 7.

Newcastle trained colt Jonker is the third pick in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic betting at $5 after making it two wins from two starts with his last start win in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions 2yo Classic (1100m) at Wyong on December 21.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Terminology is in danger of missing a place in the final field of sixteen for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic even though she ran second to Sunlight at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

Terminology has only earned $19,700 in prizemoney and is way down in the market order at $51.

Latest betting for the 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4 Ef Troop, $4.20 Sunlight, $5 Jonker, $13 Bondi, $17 Meryl, Nomothaj, Secret Lady, $21 Quackerjack, $26 Legislation, Outback Barbie, $34 Anthemoessa, Fullazaboot, $41 Crockett, Witherspoon, $51 Skyray, Terminology, $67 Paquirri, Whiskey Shooter, $201 Veranes.

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.

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